One Cool Thing: Drones Reforest the World

Image: Jacek Halicki via Wikimedia Commons

As wildfires burn hotter and broader than ever before, scientists and startups are using new technology to build back the world’s forests. One Canada-based startup, Flash Forest, is using drones to revitalize environments and hopes that their tactics can be used across the globe. Using their drones, the project planted 300,000 specially formulated seed pods across Canada in just two months. The drones are sent out to identify prime planting sites, then equipped with pneumatic firing devices, shoot the seedpods into the ground at a rate of one pod per second. 

They’re not the only ones planting with drones; in Myanmar, a similar project planted thousands of mangrove trees. Less than a year later, the seeds had sprouted 20 inches. Flash Forest now plans to continue increasing speed and efficiency, to reach their goal of planting one billion trees by 2030.

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