LIDAR: Light Detection and Ranging is the most revolutionary mapping technology in a century. The accuracy and resolution of LIDAR allows for three dimensional analysis of the landscape, from bedrock to the tops of the tallest trees. But LIDAR is much more than a map. For a short instructive video on the uses and potential of LIDAR, click the image at left.
The Bridger Canyon LIDAR Project aims to "fly" the roughly 70 sq. mile Bridger Canyon Zoning District in Gallatin County, Montana to produce the highest quality three dimensional mapping currently available. The data collected will be used to create imagery and conduct analyses that can be used for:
For a short, entertaining video on the basics of LIDAR, click the LIDAR image above. For more detailed information on LIDAR go HERE.
We are about 1/8th of the way along towards our funding goal of $100,000 with an initial grant from Bridger to Bangtails Coalition. We need $62,000 just to purchase the raw data, and about $38,000 to develop value-added products such as Flooplain maps, Fire hazard models, geologic risk assessments, etc. To learn more about the Bridger Canyon LIDAR Project, donate or help raise funds contact Lance Craighead or Kent Madin.