Canadian company to use drones to plant 1 billion trees by 2028

  • A company in Canada is pushing for the planting of 1 billion trees by 2028
  • They are planning to reach this target by using modified drones that can choose the best areas to plant trees, plant seedlings, and give nutrients to seedlings
  • By the end of 2020, they also plan to plant 150,000 trees

In order to aid global reforestation efforts, a company based in Canada is aiming to plant 1 billion trees by 2028 with the help of modified drones.

Image from Flash Forest

Flash Forest is equipped with drone technology composed of multispectral mapping drone (which determines the best microsites to plant a tree and monitors the health of seedlings); spraying drone (which sustains the seedlings during their first years); and tree planting drone (which utilizes a software to plant pods in chosen areas).

They also use pre-germinated pods. “We aim for an average of eight different species to ensure we build healthy ecosystems,” Flash Forest explained.

Image from video of Flash Forest

The drones are capable of planting 10 times the speed of humans. They can plant 20,000 trees per drone per day. It is also a good option cost-wise.

“Our three-year objective is to plant at 50 cents a tree, which is roughly a quarter the cost of same current reforestation price estimates,” they also said.

Flash Forest has started a pledge campaign to raise funds so they can reach their targets. They already have planted thousands of trees in Ontario but they are still hoping to plant 150,000 by the end of 2020.

“We have now got a proof of concept and we are aiming big. Every dollar you pledge, we pledge a tree,” they assured. “By supporting our project, you are providing the crucial funds needed to take this to a truly global scale and reach our goal of 1 billion trees planted by 2028.”

You can support Flash Forest by donated at Kickstarter.

Sources: Kickstarter, Good News Network