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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.

Brut.

01/12/2020 12:57 PM
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392 comments

  • Ric B.
    03/13/2020 01:20

    No need . Hemp is here

  • Chris D.
    03/13/2020 00:35

    Teamtrees.org

  • Henry K.
    03/13/2020 00:27

    In this modern world with are technical ablilities we should be able to replant forest but also rejuvenate dead soil.

  • Colin B.
    03/12/2020 15:41

    Nothing like a little liberal propaganda to start your morning off!

  • Aaron L.
    03/12/2020 14:13

    ...do the math

  • Sparky C.
    03/12/2020 01:24

    Theres more forests now that there were 50 yrs ago get over it

  • Al O.
    03/11/2020 23:27

    at this moment there are more trees per acre in the world than history has ever seen....granted they are not all where some people think they should be, and ........each and every tree is a water pump/water storage facility, adding to weather and drought conditions....cut the trees...flooding and erosion and evaporation....and many other climatic conditions.....Technology has taken the Stewardship factor out of Forestry...and is the prime factor in ecological responsibility....more money faster is the motto....just like every other so called Advocate of non use. Put Manual (hands and eyes on) back in Nature....and many issues will be solved. 60 plus years of various phases of Forestry work....and I am Proud of where I've been....and most areas are now tagged..."Old Growth Forest".....Strange.

  • Derek P.
    03/11/2020 23:00

    a new job for ya!!!

  • Dan H.
    03/11/2020 20:56

    They banned Lawn darts for the same reason....

  • Danny B.
    03/11/2020 18:53

    Keep Tongrass National Forest in your thoughts. It may be a target in the not to distant future. Good luck Alaska. ☠

  • Galen P.
    03/11/2020 09:38

    What this doesn't tell you is for every old mature tree cut the forest floor is opened up to sunlight allowing younger healthier trees to flourish.

  • Michael N.
    03/11/2020 04:00

    Hemp

  • Helena V.
    03/11/2020 01:13

    As long as its deciduous trees being planted instead of quick growing commercial pines

  • Bryan H.
    03/11/2020 00:25

    Nice try to make a $$$ we will be fine...guys

  • Luke S.
    03/10/2020 21:55

    Cut a tree down plant 20 more

  • David S.
    03/10/2020 19:56

    Just make a law that says you have to plant 10 trees for everyone you cut down

  • Carlos S.
    03/10/2020 08:58

    Nice

  • AL S.
    03/10/2020 01:56

    Cool

  • Glenn M.
    03/10/2020 00:33

    Put them on the dirt

  • James R.
    03/10/2020 00:10

    https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/more-trees-than-there-were-100-years-ago-its-true