ELMIRA - A handful of Corning area Boy Scouts and adult volunteers from Fagan Engineering recently cleaned trash from the Lackawanna Rail Trail and learned how to fly drones and use them to create aerial maps.
The scouts, of Troop 2, cleaned litter from the Eastside Elmira section of the 8-mile recreation trail, officials said.
The community service project taught the scouts about hands-on environmental stewardship and the importance and rewards of volunteering to improve the community and environment.
The scouts, ages 11 to 15, worked with employees of Fagan Engineers, of Elmira, to learn how to fly a camera-equipped drone and how drones can be used to quickly map areas - like the trail - and provide aerial views and information to improve outdoor recreation, safety and knowledge.
The project was done in partnership with Chemung River Friends in Elmira, who provided cleanup equipment, supplies and safety instructions, officials said. The City of Elmira disposed of the two garbage bags full of litter that the scouts removed.