Forestry Feature

Sumac Forest Information Services of Thunder Bay will be testing its newly acquired UAV this winter to showcase its capabilities to its forestry clients this year.
Thunder Bay forest consultants acquire UAVA Thunder Bay natural resource consulting firm is taking to the skies with the purchase of its first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for aerial imaging and mapping applications. Sumac Forest Information Services took delivery of its Lancaster Hawkeye MK III over the Christmas holidays and began test flights of the vehicle produced by Precision Hawk of Toronto.“We’ve been looking at this technology for about a year and a half,” said Todd Domney, one of three coowners of the 19-employee f...


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