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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  • Andrew I.
    16 hours

    With all the vacant homes in the world enough is enough.

  • Shawn P.
    17 hours

    The company I log for plants around 3 million trees every year

  • Austin B.
    a day

    This is wildly misleading

  • Brian S.
    a day

    So is this the aftershave company or the style of sparkling wine?

  • Nathan R.
    a day

    We plant more than we cut in most countries in the world.

  • Jimmy O.
    2 days

    That was a beautiful tree, wtf?

  • Jason H.
    2 days

    Most trees that are cut down are planted for that reason just like a carrot or cucumber. It's a crop planted for a purpose get over it. Plus most is private land so their trees their business.

  • Dale S.
    2 days

    Dropping a seed will not work! Maybe 1% would survive. Joke.

  • Tony S.
    2 days

    In ontario timber industry has crews that replant seedlings in the spring on every cut.and I see them doing it because I'm up there for a month every spring

  • Jamal Z.
    2 days

    How about we just stop cutting down trees lol

  • Carlos C.
    2 days


  • Sean M.
    3 days

    Shut up. I will never buy your crap product now.

  • Tanner C.
    3 days

    Loggers run this country

  • Andrew C.
    3 days

    Walk through a clear cut and then go back two years later and walk through it again ,nature reseeds itself

  • Dan C.
    3 days

    I thought we were supposed to rake the forest?

  • Joseph F.
    3 days

    There are more trees in now in the US than there were 100 years ago.

  • Dave K.
    3 days

    More Oak trees are planted by squirrels than any people, Duh!

  • Johnny S.
    4 days

    They act like companies that harvest don’t replant. We have many logging companies in the area. They all own land, replant and cycle them so they have future inventory to cut. I like their idea for helping replant after a forest fire, but there is no need to demonize logging companies. What is the framework of your home?

  • Stephanie S.
    4 days

    necesito un tronco asi😂😂😂

  • Douglas B.
    4 days

    forest need to be harvested like corn and beans they are part of agriculter they do not all live for hundreds of years many trees only live 7-25 years