New Project for Deer Island
Researchers, locals and visitors have a new way of looking at Deer Island with the help of geosystems research at Mississippi State University.
The secretary of state’s office and Mississippi Department of Marine Services shared the details about this project during a press conference. News 25’s Gina Tomlinson has the details.
A coastal landmark and important barrier island almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, a new project proves Deer Island is much more than just what you can see standing from the shoreline. “It still gives you chill bumps to see the beauty of that island, to see how we restored it and to see what a great treasure it is,” said Executive Director of DMR Jamie Miller.
Now locals and visitors can see the island in a completely new way with aerial drone technology, thanks to a joint effort by the DMR and secretary of state’s office. They teamed up and successfully mapped Deer Island with the use of drone footage. “We want to make sure we have good mapping, good imagery of the islands so that we can manage the vegetation there, the beaches there,” said Miller.
The drone mapping will assist the DMR with research to protect Deer Island’s ecosystem as well as promote the island for tourists. “To get people to stay one more day on the Gulf Coast, that’s worth tens of millions of dollars to us,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.
Those involved in the project say by getting visitors to stay one more day on the Coast, it really allows tourists to get their feet wet with what the Coast has to offer. Officials from the secretary of state’s office say the completion of the project is only step one. “Eventually you will see us being able to map all of the 31,000 acres we have been able to acquire of marshland here,” said Hosemann.
The aerial footage is now available on the secretary of state’s website. “I think a lot of people are going to see it for the first time and be really surprised at what a great treasure it is,” said Miller.