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Flash Forest Plan to Plant 1 Billion Trees By 2028

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# Flash Forest Plan to Plant trees // A land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire. Which causes the massive loss to living species of forest. And now, drones are flying over the grounds and firing seed pods into the ground. Planting native pine and spruce trees to help bring back the environment for birds and restore the forest. Canadian startup, the project Flash Forest, and plan to use its drone technology. And other technology to plant 40,000 trees in the area this month. It will plant hundreds of thousands of trees. And by the end of the year, as it expands to other regions as well. The startup goals to have planted a full one billion trees by 2028.

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The other startups that are also using tree-planting drones. Believes that the drone technology can help the world to reach aspiring goals. To restore forests to stem biodiversity loss and fight against climate change.

It’s necessary to plant 1 billion hectares of trees, a forest roughly the size of the entire United States. To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius said by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

While new trees are planted, existing forests need to be protected. But that isn’t working well.

Flash Forest cofounder and chief strategy officer Angelique Ahlstrom said that. There are a lot of different attempts to tackle reforestation and to restore forest. But net loss of seven billion trees every year, because they’re still failing.

Drones can work more quickly and cheaply than humans planting, and help restore forests that have already been lost. Older trees can store much more carbon than new ones. Drones by Flash Forest’s tech can presently plant 10,000 to 20,000 seed pods a day. The pair of pilots will be able to plant 100,000 trees in a day, when technology improves and advance. Human can plant 1,500 trees in a day by hand and it said by Ahlstrom.

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The startup sends mapping drones to survey the area, via software to identify the best areas or places to plant based on the soil and existing plants during beginning of work at site. After that swarm of drones begins precisely dropping seed pods.

To make able to survive plant easily even with months of drought, that’s why seed pods are also designed to store moisture.

# Flash Forest Plan to Plant trees // WATCH VIDEO OF FLASH FOREST DRONES:

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After planting the plants then they return to track the progress of the seedlings. To check that plants or to make sure about these plans that plants are actually growing to their full carbon sequestration potential. That’s why we’ll go back two months after, and then a year or two after, and then three to five years after. She further added, if we drop under a threshold plant plan of a certain number of trees, we’ll go back and confirm that we are hitting our goals.

Since the company selects native species and uses its seed pods to shield the seeds from drought, the process doesn’t typically require work from humans to keep the seedlings alive; as an alternative, the plan is to plant a large number of trees and let some naturally survive, and take some help from drones that spray nutrients at the ground after planting, to help them grow.

Noshad Ali
the authorNoshad Ali
Founder & Managing Director
M.Sc (Hons) Horticulture & Member of PSHS (Pakistan Society Horticulture Science) and Working as Field Facilitator in CAB International

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