Protecting Wetland Habitat at Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

By May 22, 2013Archive, Costa Rica

Palo Verde CAVU Collage

CAVU has recently completed the first phase of a five-year project to collect aerial imagery of Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica’s northern Guanacaste province. The wetlands of Palo Verde are recognized under the RAMSAR convention as a wetland of international significance. Working in partnership with SINAC (The System of Protected Areas) and Forever Costa Rica, a non-profit conservation organization, aerial data was collected to identify and assess the extent of an invasive plant species Typha (cattail) that is choking out native vegetation and impacting water bird species in the park. Data collected on the flights will help SINAC form a comprehensive management plan to eradicate this threat.

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