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Reforestation

Reforestation is the process of sowing seeds or planting new trees in areas where trees once stood or in areas where tree density is diminishing. This could be within fire perimeters or in areas of commercial forest harvesting. Historically reforestation is a laborious and expensive process, often in challenging terrain.

For trees to make a tangible impact in the mission to reduce CO2, we simply need more of them. To offset annual loss of forested acreage we need efficient means of planting and regeneration. Enter drone-powered planting.

UPSIDE

Our planet has a history of maintaining the equilibrium needed to promote healthy plant and animal life. By reforesting what has been lost we are returning to the earth the tools it has used for millennia to balance and maintain life. It’s not a focus on mere removal of problematic CO2, it’s a regenerative approach. Planting with drones enables planting at scale with a capacity to grow to the solution to meet the size of the challenge faced.

DOWNSIDE

We are losing forests much faster than we can reforest; and, the problem will only get worse with the effects of our climate that has been pushed to the brink. Reforestation takes time and, true to nature’s course, not all trees survive into maturation and peak carbon sequestration. While drone-powered planting is still developing, the costs are higher than other more mature tree-planting options.

The Facts

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Drones can be activated 30 days after a wildfire and plant over 40 acres in a single day.

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Drone-powered tree planting is 6x faster than human planting - even in areas that are too dangerous, too remote, or too recently burned for humans to safely enter.

03

In 2018, DroneSeed was the first (and, at the time, only) organization to receive FAA approval to operate drone swarms.

TIMING + CO2 SEQUESTRATION

The planting season for conifers in the Pacific Northwest is generally between October and March. NOW subscribers will see the CO2 sequestration for these trees in two metrics: Total CO2 Removal Funded and CO2 Removed to Date.

Total CO2 Removal Funded begins counting as soon as the subscription begins and reflects the anticipated impact over the lifetime of the trees planted.

Removal to Date reflects real-time CO2 removal based on where the trees are in their lifecycle and begins counting once the trees are in planting season. This Droneseed project, along with others on our site, will have a gap between funding the project and the planting season, which will be reflected in a delayed start to counting CO2 removed to date. However, the Total Removal Funded will always begin with subscription.

ABOUT

DroneSeed

DroneSeed, an innovative technology startup out of Seattle, is rapidly changing the reforestation game by combining forestry science, remote sensing, climate science, and a fleet of customized heavy lift drones. Founded with the vision of mitigating the climate crisis through carbon sequestration by trees, DroneSeed has secured precedent-setting approvals and funding to plant tree seeds via drones. The mix of scalability and innovation with forestry science and endless curiosity at DroneSeed will change the economics of reforestation and climate change mitigation.

Currently, DroneSeed operates projects in the Pacific Northwest, planting conifer tree seeds in areas in need of reforestation. Each individual project for DroneSeed requires immense research and development to achieve optimum seed enablement and promote tree survival.