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Cameras with Altitude for Wilderness Site Monitoring

Wilderness managers and rangers use a variety of monitoring techniques to document changes in vegetation, soil, and resource impacts over a period of years. Repeat photography is an effective method of documenting changes in site conditions. Taking photos from the ground at eye level limits the camera’s view and restricts the photo’s effectiveness in recording conditions at the site.

The MTDC tech tip, Camera with Altitude for Wilderness Site Monitoring (0423–2301–MTDC,, describes two systems that raise the camera for better viewing of a site. One system uses two hiking staffs and a monopod to raise the camera. This system adds only 3 pounds to a wilderness ranger’s pack, assuming the ranger would be carrying a hiking staff anyway. The second system, which is heavier but less expensive, uses an extendable fiberglass painting pole.

[photo] camera with altitude

The minature video display allows
the user to see the view from the
digital camera.

For more information on elevating cameras, contact Mary Anne Davies, project leader (phone: 406–329–3981; e-mail:

To order the tech tip, contact Cailen Hegman, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; fax: 406–329–3719; e-mail:

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