A startup has raised more than $50,000 for planting a billion trees by 2028
Test flights done by Flash Forest has planted around 2,000 trees with a speed of 165 seeds in three minutes.
A group of scientists from Canada are planning to plant a billion trees by 2028. Their company, Flash Forest, uses drones to shoot out seed pods.
The company is raising money to speed up the project and is looking to raise $7,696 on Kickstarter, a fundraising platform, by the end of January 2020. It has already raised more than $50,000 on the website.
The funding the company is looking for is an investment for the seed pod production. Special seed pods developed by the company are a small ball-like structure that encloses plant seeds.
The ball contains three nutrient-rich pre-germinated seeds that include mycorrhizae, fertilizers and other ingredients that can help the plant grow rapidly. This padding can keep the seeds alive for up to nine months and also provide them enough time to grow and take root in the local environment.
The company says that it will be able to plant one pod per second. According to scientists, this method of planting trees is 10 times faster, and one-fifth/ 20 per cent cheaper than the traditional tree planting methods. The drones to be used by the company are equipped with pneumatic firing devices that allow the seed pods to be planted into the soil at an ideal depth.
The job doesn't end here and they also plan to use aerial mapping software in a follow-up process to provide nitrogen and other nutrients to the seedlings.
Multiple test flights conducted by Flash Forest planted 2,000 trees of seven species. This comes to a speed of planting 165 trees in three minutes. The technology can be used to plant 'Flash Forests' in post-wildfire areas. The trees planted during the test included White Spruce, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Red Maple, White Birch, Sugar Maple, Douglas Fir, and Balsam Fir.
Cameron Jones, the co-founder of Flash Forest while talking to Digital Trends says, “We use drones to plant trees because it provides a rapid and scalable solution to deforestation and climate change. 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.”
A recent report suggests that in 2019 alone we lost 24,000 square miles of trees in the Amazon forest fire. It is equivalent to 10.3 million American football fields. The reports also mention that the Amazon rainforest has lost the equivalent of 8.4 million soccer fields over the past decade due to deforestation.
Bryce Jone, one of the team members of Flash Forest says, “Every year the planet loses 13 billion trees and regains less than half of that.”