Finding uses for aerial photos

Friday, June 29, 2007 | 12:02 a.m. CDT; updated 12:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
An infrared photograph of the MU athletic facility was taken along with other photographs of Columbia. Red areas show vegetation that contains high amounts of chlorophyll.

A little over two weeks after a Chesterfield company took aerial photos of Columbia, about 25 people attended an open house Thursday night to learn about the future of the Natural Resources Inventory Project.

The project will help the city review its conservation policies by documenting natural features.

Dee Docken, a member of the Boone County Smart Coalition, is interested in preserving natural areas in Boone County as it continues to expand. This project could be the first step in achieving that goal, she said.

Docken’s comment suggests how the Natural Resources Inventory Project could be put to use and is an example of what Assistant City Manger Tony St. Romaine wanted to get from the public.

After the open house, Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala said this is a win-win situation because the city is joining forces with MU.

MU’s involvement, he said, shows that the university wants to teach its students the technology used for this project.

After the meeting, many people filled out comment cards about what they would like to see addressed in the future of the project.

“We have an abundance of natural resources,” St. Romaine said. “We need to establish a baseline, and I think this project will help with that.”

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