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


  • Jean-Philippe B.
    10/24/2020 15:25

    Great initiative ! But we have to restructure our social system and start to deacrease our consumption. Infinite grow in a finite world is suicide !

  • Famas J.
    10/16/2020 19:27

    Détruire ce que la nature a mis tant de temps a construire....l humain encore et toujours..

  • Qian G.
    10/06/2020 16:23

    Some of my students feel very helpless even from my side they can do a lot to change their situation but they give up. I think if I can help them to realize that their helpless feelings are from own mindset and become positive to take actions to change their situation, I also help myself to feel positive in many situations including regaining positive attitude towards doing something to climate change. Like this one.

  • Moudud A.
    10/06/2020 02:25

    How much saplings are growing up from those seeds? Is Throwing seeds from air enough to raise a tree? Though I appreciate you but I think it won't be much effective.

  • Krishnan K.
    10/06/2020 02:07

    How drones help? Shoot the seeds? No details shared.

  • Danny W.
    10/05/2020 23:37

    Fucking ignorants

  • Guillermina P.
    10/05/2020 22:37

    Me intristese por las tala ilegal de arboles y me emociona por florestar el campo talado gracias chicos

  • Jeanette L.
    10/05/2020 22:25

    Great. But I don't think we've got time to wait for these trees to grow. We need to do something about the fires and deforestation. We, meaning the whole planet. We need to think outside the box. The loggers often don't have any other income to feed their families. We need to find ways to help them find a way and if that means giving them money not to cut down trees, so be it. We will look pretty silly if we ruin the planet for the sake of money. I doubt if our grandchildren will forgive us for that. I hope its not already too late

  • Barbara B.
    10/05/2020 21:33

    Now that's pretty cool! TY

  • Au C.
    10/05/2020 19:30

    Nice but hopefully this will not detract from the necessity of saving the old places and the ecosystems already in place

  • Ariel F.
    10/05/2020 19:01


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    10/05/2020 18:08

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  • Christine W.
    10/05/2020 17:40

    Thank you.we need more trees,not less

  • We H.
    10/05/2020 17:21

    Thank You guys 💚🌱🌳🌲