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.


01/12/2020 12:57 PM
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  • Peter H.
    10 hours

    Hun Sen Traitor Dictator was Leader Soldier Khmer Rouge Destroyer Cambodia 🇰🇭 Didn’t Believe Hun Sen Traitor Dictator Vietnam 🇻🇳 puppet now

  • Lonnie S.
    a day

    More trees in North America now than when Columbus landed

  • Jeff H.
    a day

    I’m not going to say where I go every year because people might start protesting there They cut trees down on a yearly bases, its farmed, not for making new areas for homes or wasting materials for stupid things, it’s a beautiful place, they do it for the right reasons, a person seeing a tree cut down thinks it’s the end of the world 🤦‍♂️

  • Andy E.
    a day

    Awesome, great job guys and badly needed! 👍👏

  • David A.
    a day

    Stop using trees when we can clearly see hemp is far stronger and more reliable resource that you can harvest every year doesnt take 20 or more years to grow back

  • Yenuesky P.
    2 days

    Good job 👏 guys we have to put something we need to help the planet 🌎 the tree are the life and the water

  • Anthony B.
    2 days

    The biggest problem is people cut trees down alot just to build new space, instead of just fixing the abandoned houses and space Just waisted space collecting dust

  • Robert H.
    2 days

    Lmfao that guy can cut though.. lol.. and those trees aren't the same as the lumber yall want

  • Vaellene O.
    2 days

    i wanna be a logger

  • Joe M.
    2 days

    Or or or guys. How bout we use hemp

  • Vander S.
    4 days

    pessoal q faz esse tipo d video primeiro deveria parar de se alimentar , parar d se vestir , e passar a viver sem uma casa sem moveis , q ai sim poderiam falar com propriedade sobre o assunto , do contrario sao so um bando de hipocritas.

  • Lila B.
    4 days

    The colonizers have ruined the planet. It’s too late

  • Ian M.
    4 days

    Us in the first video

  • Elverht T.
    4 days

    How can I help ???

  • Sonny J.
    4 days

    Stay outta the tongass....... ✊🏽..... we’ve seen your mess before

  • Scott S.
    5 days


  • William G.
    5 days

    When fertile land is cleared, and remains fertile and moist, the trees and other plants grow back with no help. If drones could grow trees in the desert, then you'd have something. Maybe plant the tree and daily bring it water and nutrients.

  • Rob A.
    5 days

    Lost me a climate change! Done

  • Steve K.
    5 days

    Logging is tree farming here in Oregon, Tree down ten trees go up

  • Paul C.
    5 days

    according to this the planet should have been barren 3 months ago LMAO