Canada’s first drone reforestation company has landed itself in the Top 25 of the 2020 New Ventures BC Competition.
Flash Forest is developing a product which aims to plant at 10 times the normal rate and at 20% of the cost of traditional tree planting techniques.
Through aerial mapping software, automation, and ecological science, they promise to bring new levels of accuracy, precision and speed in order to dramatically scale reforestation efforts globally.
Through the use of drones, specially designed seeds pods, and an accelerated seed germination process, Flash Forest optimistically plans to plant 1 billion trees by 2028.
To begin that mission, Flash Forest is planting 40,000 trees on a land north of Toronto that had been burned by a previous wildfire. By the end of the year, the company plans to expand to other regions to plant hundreds of thousands of trees.
Flash Forest’s drones can plant 100,000 trees in a day. In comparison, human labor can plant around 1,500 trees per day.
Flash forest is among the handful of companies that use technology like tree-planting drones to help attain the ambitious goal of restoring the forest to curb biodiversity loss and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Stay tuned later this week to see if Flash Forest makes the 2020 New Ventures BC Competition Top 10.