Using drones to save forests

Every year, 13 billion trees are lost to deforestation. This startup figured out how to plant one new tree per second.

Every year, way more trees are cut down than are planted

For years, technology has helped the commercial logging industry cut down billions of trees annually. Now, a reforestation startup wants to use tech start repairing that damage. Flash Forest uses drones to reforest areas affected by logging wildfire ecological blight at 10x the speed of a human. Deforestation is the second leading cause of climate change. Its collateral effects are also damaging the global ecosystem according to UN FAO.

“We are a Canadian-based reforestation company that uses drone technology to rapidly increase the rate of reforestation while drastically reducing the cost. Every year, the planet loses about 13 billion trees and regains less than half of that. So, despite the reforestation efforts across the planet, we're still losing this battle and we needed a solution that was scalable. That was quick. We're able to plant about one tree a second right now, and that's the type of speed that's going to be required to actually start winning this battle. Everyone knows that trees produce oxygen, but they also refill aquifers. They prevent erosion and they provide homes to animals. We've lost 60 percent of biodiversity or a ton of wild animal fish, reptile populations on the planet in the last 50 years. The issue of climate change has been massively accelerated by the use of technology. Think about airplanes. Think about vehicles. Think about resource extraction. However, reforestation is using humans on the ground with bags and shovels. It hasn't changed in the last century. So right now, we want to actually tip the scales and use technology for regeneration. Overall, in the dialog when it comes to just the state of the environment, often sounds like it's a battle that's being lost. We want to change that conversation”, Bryce Jones, founder - Flash Forest tells Brut.

Flash Forest’s concept is to use cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to plant a billion trees

At full capacity, the company says it can plant 100,000 seed pods per day. Tree planting has a 25% injury rate. Jones hopes with his project, technology can be seen as a tool in the climate change battle based on reports by Flash Forest.


12/01/2020 12:57 PM


  • Dan M.
    25/01/2021 22:08

    Completely renewable biomass

  • Enoch S.
    25/01/2021 16:41

    And what they are not telling you is ever since we switched to fossil fuels, we stopped useing trees as a source of fuel. Which led us too having more trees in the northern hemisphere of the planet then in recent recorded history.

  • سید ح.
    25/01/2021 13:50


  • Michel F.
    25/01/2021 13:41

    Et pendant ce temps la CAQ (coalition avenir Québec) qui gouverne le Québec a décidé d'augmenter la superficie des forêts qui va être coupée.....🇲🇶

  • Nasir M.
    25/01/2021 12:17

    good idea.

  • Matthew K.
    25/01/2021 10:49

    Hopefully the application of drone tech works🤞 Planting seedling pods doesn’t equate to planting trees and the video doesn’t suggest what they’ve done to check on success.

  • Ynnos Y.
    25/01/2021 10:34

    excellent work......👍👍👍👍

  • Mubeen Z.
    25/01/2021 09:20

    Is baar jo eendhan kay liye kat kay gira hai Chirryon ko bohot pyar tha us boorhay shajar say

  • Zainab N.
    25/01/2021 09:16

    This is so sad 🥺look how big the tree is

  • Maita K.
    25/01/2021 07:22

    Plant hemp

  • Dorel A.
    25/01/2021 06:16

    We cut trees to make paper to write on it "Do not cut trees. And this is going on without any awareness of what is we do.

  • Becca O.
    25/01/2021 03:33

    Are we ignoring the fact that it helps prevent/regulate wildfires therefore saving wildlife and ecosystems? No? Ok just checking

  • Jim M.
    25/01/2021 02:15

    "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." 1:54 min.

  • Lucita L.
    25/01/2021 01:41

    You are the HOPE, young men! God bless you!

  • Khalil M.
    25/01/2021 01:30

    Horrible crime

  • Anastasia S.
    25/01/2021 01:22

    Wait til tech decides to censor you for interfering with their agenda....

  • Sue P.
    22/09/2020 00:35

    Great idea great work x

  • Ashwani S.
    21/09/2020 19:20

    Brutal. Atleast afraid of Climate Crisis. We all know it's changing but we still behaving like MORONS. Just think about our next generation, what would they have to face if we continue to 'deforestation' this way. IPCC: they predicted for 2100, that there might be a big change, also Ice is melting. I don't want to discuss that topic here, I hope most of us are aware already. Stop this. And plant more and more trees.

  • Tatty R.
    21/09/2020 19:18

    Mas lindo sería ver plantar que talar

  • Mirko H.
    21/09/2020 19:15

    Everyone can help. Ditch Google and switch for your search results to the German Startup who promises to spend 80 % of their profits in planting trees all over the globe, where they are urgently needed. 🌳❤️

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