Flash Forest is a Canadian tech company based in Toronto that has a lofty goal: to plant one billion trees by the year 2028. They’re getting this plan off the ground using a mix of ecology and tech, planting those seedlings with the help of drones. Their drone fleet can plant trees ten times faster than humans, according to Good News Network. The company began testing prototype drones earlier in 2019. They’ve already managed to plant thousands of trees all across Ontario.
The company also launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which has surpassed its original crowdfunding goal of about $7,500 and passed 10k in just a day. While there are other projects that use drones for reforestation, this is the first start-up of its nature in Canada.
Flash Forest advisor Angelique Ahlstrom told Good News Network in an email that she believes the project might be a huge part of the solution when it comes to battling climate change and a lack of biodiversity on the plant, as well as meet the goals of the Canadian government.
“Our goals are to have a significant and measurable impact on mitigating climate change in the next decade, while combatting deforestation and biodiversity loss on a global scale,” she wrote.
“We feel we are one of the only ways that the federal government will be able to fulfill its pledge to plant 2 billion trees in the next ten years.”
The drones work by using pre-germinated seed pods, planted with eight different species of tree. The cost of each sapling is estimated at about 50 cents, which one-fourth the cost of most typical planting methods.
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With the success of their campaign, the group plans to start planting trees in April. They’re hoping to have 150,000 trees planted by the end of 2020. The future looks a lot greener.