- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado researchers hope drones will be a key tool to the future of battling emerald ash borer and other blights that can impact the urban forest.

The Daily Camera (https://bit.ly/2urC8gz ) reported Thursday a group of scientists and researchers sent drones as high as 335 feet (102 meters) over areas of Boulder including ash trees showing varying levels of damage from the emerald ash borer, an invasive green jewel beetle that feeds on the ash tree species.

Principal of Arbor Drone Dan Staley says the goal is to collect data on the early detection of emerald ash borer.

The group sent drones from three locations. At the first two, ash trees showed varying levels of emerald ash borer infestation. The third location was selected because trees there are showing greater damage.

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