Using technology to expand our forests

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Drones that plant trees
By Jinny Throup
The Toronto based tech company, Flash Forest, is aiming to plant one billion trees by 2028 in the first drone project of its kind in Canada. Using pre-germinated seed pods, the aerial drones are capable of planting trees at a quarter of the cost of typical planting methods and ten times faster than human planters. Flash Forest uses eight different species of trees in order to diversify the ecosystems of the areas in which they plant. The overall goal is to have a significant and measurable impact on mitigating climate change, while also combating deforestation and biodiversity loss on a global scale. Planting began in April 2020, and will accelerate each year.


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