Lawrence County plans to use a LiDAR sensor

Following discussion over a General Technical Report released last year
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Published: May. 23, 2022 at 6:48 PM MDT
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SPEARFISH, S.D. (KEVN) - Lawrence County is set to conduct a new survey of the forest that could impact the future of the Black Hills timber industry.

In 2021, a General Technical Report was released recommending to reduce timber production 50-60%.

Randy Deibert with the Lawrence County Natural Resource Committee explained there’s since been a lot of discussion on whether those numbers are accurate, outdated, or if the data needs to be compared to new technology.

Now, plans to use a LiDAR sensor, which is a light senor, are set to look for dense areas of vegetation over two 20-thousand-acre samples.

“So, this is an attempt by Lawrence County to use a new technology to assist the forest service in not only the timber management, but the forest management. It’s all about having a healthy forest and this is just new technology that allows us to use it to provide that,” said Deibert.

The LiDAR survey will be underway as soon as a contractor is in place.

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