Our missions and collaborators

This month’s featured mission and collaborator- Monitoring wetlands restoration

We met Evan Hayduk while he was running a public meeting, found a strong link between our pilots’ abilities and the missions that Mr. Hayduk at MidCoast Watershed Council needed to be flown. We also immediately recognized Evan’s teaching ability.

mcwc“We work in an area of nearly one million acres, including all streams draining from the crest of the Coast Range to the Pacific, from the Salmon River to Cape Creek at Heceta Head. With that much area to cover, we don’t go it alone; we foster collaboration and partnerships with a number of local, state, federal, and NGO organizations throughout the midcoast and are giddy with excitement thinking about the possibilities of working with you and your students.”  From our letter of commitment of the Midcoast Watershed Council.


Phase II Baseline Data Collection: Overflight video latest overflight Phase 1 (left)


Next up features our monitoring of climate change

We met Tony D’Andrea at his office in Newport and discovered that his upcoming projects were a great match for our curriculum and our pilot’s abilities. Dr. D’Andrea guided us in developing the right technology for our future work with him.  It was a bonus that Tony is a gifted teacher.


“This is a great opportunity for Career Tech students to pilot these types of UAS that should make them more competitive in the job market when they graduate. For ODFW, this provides a great opportunity to work with you and your students to explore the application and utility of fixed-wing UAS relative to quad-copters we currently use and provide your students with a real-world application of UAS technology for the management of natural resources.” From our letter of commitment from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Environmental assessment of tribal lands

We met Ian Keene years ago when he was awarded the State of Oregon Outstanding Urban Forester Award while were his crew on forestry ecology and restoration projects. Mr. Keene is one of our favorite guest lecturers, has a wide range of expertise, and uses our work in his fisheries management projects.


“We greatly look forward to this partnership moving forward in a collaborative environment that fosters learning, STEM educational opportunities for the youth in our area, and while providing highly advanced technological resources to help better manage our projects and the lands of the Tribe and everyone in our area benefits from.” From our letter of commitment from the Consolidated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

We are trying to become world expert level pilots and technicians in coastal resource management through collaboration with prominent local researchers that have expertise in the following areas:

  • Monitoring protected and endangered marine species and their habitats
  • Supporting assessments of fisheries stocks and habitat assessments
  • Monitoring effects of climate change, coastal erosion, and sea-level rise
  • Monitoring seagrass and marsh health

…and who want to trade drone services for:

  • Lectures, publications, slide shows, handouts, and other educational materials on coastal and marine studies
  • Days of time on their boats, with drivers, life preservers
  • Time aboard research vessels
  • Access to their research sites and properties
  • Permission to access restricted lands for research purposes
  • Safety briefings about such properties
  • A letter of commitment to our program
  • Letters on progress
  • Access to the data, photos, and results allowing us to publish our results
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