HEBEI, October 25 , China Daily -- Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are to play a role in monitoring the forests of Shiguai district, according to an Oct 24 Baotou Evening News report.

The district formed a special team consisting of 15 forest rangers from the forestry bureau of Shiguai district. The new team will be given a 30-day training course on the correct procedures for operating drones to monitor the forest. All the team members are required to take exams after finishing the course, and those who pass the exams will be awarded a certificate.

It is the first time in Baotou that a professional team has been set up to use drones in the monitoring of forests.

Shiguai district is an outlying district of Baotou, the largest city of North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. It is a district that boasts a high rate of forest coverage. Shiguai is the transliterated name of the district in the Mongolian language. The name means “a place with forests”.

The district ranks first for forest coverage in Baotou. The topographic condition of the district brings challenges in the protection and management of the forests. Drones can assist the forest rangers in various areas including in monitoring and calculating the coverage of forests, forest fires prevention and analyzing different types of vegetation through regular patrols.


Staff from the forestry bureau watch a drone demonstration in Shiguai district, Baotou, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Oct 24, 2016. [Photo/Baotou Evening News]

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