Flash forest is a Canadian drone reforestation company that modifies drones to insert quickly germinating tree seeds into the soil. They merge technology, software and ecological science to excel traditional tree-planting efforts. According to Flash Forest, this technology can plant trees 80 percent economical than typical tree planting methods and 10 times faster than a single worker. They aimed to plant one billion trees by 2028.
Heavy lift drones are used by Flash forest to inject the plant into the soil at suitable depth with pneumatic injecting devices. Each tree pod contains at least three pre germinated seeds with essential fertilizers, mycorrhizae and other secret plant loving ingredients.
“We are a Canadian drone reforestation company that modifies drones to fire rapidly-germinating tree seeds into the soil,” says Flash Forest. “We merge technology, software and ecological science to surpass traditional tree-planting efforts and rapidly accelerate global reforestation efforts. With our ambitious goal of planting 1 billion trees by 2028.”
For a more successful rooting system and growth pattern, the seeds are already grown before they are inserted into the ground. After the plantation, the team follows-up the process with a spraying drone to provide nitrogen and other nutrients to the seedlings. To look after the process of growth, an additional mapping drone is used. The team is passionate to plant eight different species to create healthy ecosystems and to attain considerable positive impact on climate in next decade, while also planting enough trees to overcome carbon emissions in North America.
Flash Forest says. “We work closely with botanists and forestry experts, and use multi-spectral mapping UAV technology to select ideal planting sites and provide valuable follow up data on ecosystem health.”
The Flash Forest pods take minimum water than traditional planting methods and growth rate within 30 days is much better. By using this process they can plant tree more quickly and economically. A tree that often require 12 to 24 months in a nursery before they can be planted successfully in the field.
“This year we planted eight deciduous and coniferous species local to Southern Ontario,” says Flash Forest. “We can easily fill our pods with seeds of virtually any tree species (except for acorns and a few of the larger exceptions). If interested, we can also plant any flora that’s appropriate for an ecosystem in its successional period.”
To get the goal of planting one billion trees by 2028, the team requires additional funding to purchase equipment to accelerate its production capabilities. Through Kickstarter platform, Flash Forest is hopeful to collect CAD 50,000 (about US$83,000). Those interested in providing financial support to the Flash Forest project can donate via its Kickstarter campaign, which will close towards the end of January 2020.
“The Flash Forest Reforestation is an extremely nuanced field and in order for us to bring this technology across international borders we need funding and we need it quick,” says Flash Forest. “We have an immediate need to purchase equipment that will allow us to produce millions of seed pods. By sponsoring our company, you help us take our technology to the Pacific Forests of Canada, the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil and, ultimately, the globe.”
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