Keeping it Green

Forest ecosystems are one of the most important components of the biosphere – and the helicopter is one of the most useful tools for maintaining healthy forests – allowing access to inaccessible areas while limiting environmental impact to sensitive areas. We have the aircraft, expertise and equipment needed to support forestry operations ranging from wildfire suppression and reforestation to aerial surveying and wildlife management.

Wildfire Suppression

Remote Helicopters has provided aerial wildland firefighting services throughout North America for over 35 years. In addition to being outfitted with a full complement of operational gear for moving crews and equipment, our aircraft are equipped for precision delivery of water and retardant utilizing vertical reference water-bucket and belly-tank systems.

Our flight crews are prepared for virtually any operating environment. Their skills and experience, combined with satellite-based tracking and digital foam injection systems to manage optimal water/foam concentrations ensure safe, accurate and effective delivery of suppressant. 

We are also equipped to conduct helicopter drip-torch operations. The helicopter drip-torch has proven to be a useful fire suppression tool on large project fires to manage fuel sources and direction and can be used for fuel management (grass, shrubs, undergrowth) in pre-suppression activities.

Whether conducting real-time fire mapping or ‘hot-spotting’ to locate critical target areas, our thermal imaging system with integrated video mapping capability will provide the information you need when you need it. Installed on our light helicopters, flown by experienced fire-fighting pilots and operated by our in-house, factory trained, thermographers in order to maximize safety, efficiency and accuracy.   

Forest Management – Harvesting, Reforestation and Reclamation

Effective forest management is one of the primary tools used to ensure forests remain healthy and vibrant and are managed sustainably. Whether providing support for isolated harvesting operations, supporting large-scale reforestation projects, or conducting routine regeneration surveys, Remote Helicopters has the equipment and expertise to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Our tablet-based mapping software combined with external load carousels, cargo baskets and multiple cargo nets, ensure accurate and efficient delivery of various loads throughout multiple cut blocks safely and efficiently.   

During seasonal reclamation projects, our helicopter drip-torch has also proven to be a cost-effective, environmentally acceptable alternative to aerial spraying or mechanical brush removal.

Wildlife Management

Whether surveying or monitoring populations, retrieving tracking devices or assessing habitat, our helicopters offer many advantages to the field of wildlife management. Large areas can be surveyed efficiently and quickly, and biologists are not limited by the availability of roads and trails. In addition, the low-level flight capabilities of a helicopter allow biologists to see animals that are simply too far away to be spotted from a road or trail or would otherwise be hidden by topography or vegetation.

Our flight crew are experienced in a wide range of wildlife management operations in environments ranging from the Prairies and the Boreal to the Rocky Mountains. From aerial ungulate surveys and telemetry tracking to fish stocking and collar retrieval, we will take the time to carefully plan each mission with a focus on safety and mitigating environmental impact and animal stress. 

Equipped with high visibility bubble windows, infrared cameras with integrated video mapping, tablet-based navigation software and telemetry antennae – we have the helicopters, experience and equipment required.

Aerial Seeding

Large wildfires can destroy huge areas of plant life resulting in significant erosion hazards. Considered a broadcast method of seeding, aerial seeding is often used to spread different grasses and plants to vast areas of land that are in need of vegetative cover after wildfires. Aerial seeding can quickly and effectively reduce erosion hazards and suppress growth of invasive plant species. It is also an effective alternative to other seeding methods where terrain is extremely rocky or at high elevations or otherwise inaccessible.

Contact us to discuss how our equipment and expertise can help reclaim and stabilize your forest management areas.