After Massive Wildfires, DroneSeed is Replanting Forests 6x Faster By Using Special Drones


When a wildfire destroys the forest on your property, what are your options for restoring what has been lost? DroneSeed will fly a squadron of seed-dispersing aerial robots to lay the foundations for a new forest atop ones that have been torched. Carrying 57 pounds of tree seeds, the drones weigh over 100 pounds in total, and operate in teams of five using satellite-guided software to identify hundreds of “microsites”—areas where trees will be expected to grow the best. Holders of the only Federal Aviation Administration license for operating “heavy lift drone swarms,” DroneSeed can seed the ground 6x faster than hand-planting seedlings can—covering around 40 acres per day at a cost of around $275 to $400 per acre. This may seem like a lot, but as well as saving a huge amount of time—a lot of the cost can be offset with discounts offered by DroneSeed if they can successfully offer the land’s reforestation as carbon credits on the global carbon market. This can help make the cost of planting seedlings 60-70% less than traditional reforesting.

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