Hill County Working on Acquiring Drone to Combat Mosquitoes and Noxious Weeds

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Browning Kimble Foundation, Hill County is in the process of acquiring a drone that will help combat noxious weeds.

Terry Turner, Hill County Weed and Mosquito District Supervisor, explains how the drone, which will feature a camera and an applicator unit attached, will benefit Hill County.

“We’ll be able to get in some of those areas that are steeper terrain. Your looking at treating some areas in Beaver Creek Park. We don’t want tracks in all the grassy areas, so we’re going to be able to be able to treat areas without leaving tracks. That’s a big plus. And we can work with some of those areas that are almost impossible to reach. We can get into those sites too. It’ll be a time saver once we get it up and running.”

Turner says the drone will also help in the battle against mosquitoes.

“Instead of having our crews wade through with hip waders treating and putting the pellets in the pond, we can go in their and actually fly over the top, just like an aerial application.”

Turner says there is a lot of paperwork to complete, but he hopes to have the drone up and running sometime this year.

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