State Land Office Partners with Planet, Utilizing High Resolution Satellite Imagery to Identify Trespass and Protect Public Lands

Over $2.7 million to be recouped for New Mexico public schools, hospitals, and universities

SANTA FE, NM – In 2019, after watching a 60 minutes special on satellite imagery and data analysis, New Mexico State Land Office Deputy Director of Mineral Resources, Jack Yates, started looking into commercial aerospace company Planet, which designs, builds and operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites in history. Specifically, he was interested in how Planet could help the agency to improve management and oversight of the vast 13 million acres of state trust land in their care. Through Yates, the New Mexico State Land Office entered an agreement with Planet, on a pilot basis, to access high resolution, daily satellite imagery of the Permian Basin, where staff assigned to oversee land in the booming oil field were struggling to keep up with the increase in demand.