Canadian scientists are developing a plan to plant more than a billion trees using drone swarms
Canadian company wants to plant a billion new trees by 2028 using a network of drones that shoot seed pods that form ‘flash forests’
- A new Canadian plan will use drones to plant trees to combat climate change
- The drones of the group can plant up to one seed per second for a fifth of the costs
- The team hopes to plant a billion new trees by 2028
A group of scientists in Canada have announced a new initiative to use drones to plant new trees cheaply and quickly in an effort to combat the negative effects of climate change and deforestation.
The team, called Flash Forest, began testing its drone delivery systems in August, with a test flight that allowed them to successfully plant 100 trees with a drone.
These results were so encouraging that they have expanded their goals to use their specially designed drone systems to plant a billion new trees by 2028.
Flash Forest is a new initiative by a group of Canadian scientists who plan to plant a billion new trees with drones by 2028
“Every year the planet loses 13 billion trees and gets less than half back,” said Bryce Jones from the team in a fundraising video announcing the project.
“We started Flash Forest with the aim of healing the lungs of the planet and taking that work seriously. Until that job is done properly, no other job is important. “
The drones do not only carry seeds themselves, but pods of nutrient-rich soil wrapped around three pre-germinated seeds as a casing, according to New Atlas.
The nutrient-rich padding can keep the germinated seeds alive for up to nine months, giving them enough time to take root in the local environment.
Each drone can shoot into the ground about one pod per second and with the system one human pilot can operate no fewer than ten drones at a time.
According to Flash Forest, their current drones can plant one seed pod per second, making the target more possible than it sounds
The group says that their drone system can plant trees ten times faster than what a human worker could do by hand, and for a fifth of the costs.
Subsequent test flights since August have planted more than 3,100 trees with their drones, including White Spruce, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Red Maple, White Birch, Sugar Maple, Douglas Fir and Balsam Fir.
Flash said it will not focus exclusively on trees, but on other types of plants that compliment certain types of trees for “full ecosystem recovery.”
With the Flash Forest drone delivery system, one human pilot can operate no fewer than ten drones for a highly efficient planting that is 80 percent cheaper than planting by hand
Flash Forest uses special pods with a nutrient-rich soil-like substance that envelops three pre-germinated seeds that can survive up to nine months with only the material in the pods
This summer a Brazilian couple showed the power of reforestation when they showed the results of their own 20-year project to bring trees back to a piece of land of 1750 hectares that had previously been used for grazing cattle.
The shocking results caused dry rivers to flow with water, while more than 170 species of birds and 30 species of mammals returned to the forest after they had left earlier due to lack of shelter and food resources.
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Reforestation is an initiative intended to replant trees in areas with significant forest loss.
Forests are one of the most efficient ways to capture and store carbon dioxide, a common and important greenhouse gas.
Scientists believe that widespread reforestation initiatives can play a role in slowing down or even reversing climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Reforestation has other benefits, including lowering local temperatures, increasing biodiversity, preventing water loss and creating new forms of food sources.