Every year, way more trees are cut down than are planted. Could drones help offset deforestation? The connection between those two points might sound tenuous, but for the folks at Canadian company Flash Forest, not only does it make total sense; it may be the only way to solve a major ecological problem.

Flash Forest’s concept is to use cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to plant a billion trees. Compared to current planting technology, this tech-aided reforestation would rapidly accelerate the rate of tree planting — and ecological restoration — on a planetary scale.

“We use drones to plant trees because it provides a rapid and scalable solution to deforestation and climate change,” Cameron Jones, co-founder of Flash Forest, told Digital Trends. “We are currently able to plant our pre-germinated seed pods at a rate of one per second, and anticipate we will be able to plant up to 20,000 pods per drone per day.”

The major issue currently holding back this important task is an investment for pod production. While the team of five people is confident that this can production be fully automated, they need to raise sufficient funds for a downpayment on a piece of equipment. The result is that they have turned to Kickstarter to raise the money.


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