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Oct. 17, 2022

Drones To Plant Trees On Fire Sites

Remotely piloted aircraft systems, such as drones, are used in various sectors, from delivery methods to search and rescue operations. Now, they are making their mark in Canada's forest sector. As part of the government of Canada’s ‘2 Billion Trees’ (2BT) program, it is contributing over $1.3 million to Flash Forest, a company that uses drone technology for tree planting. A total of over one million trees are set to be planted by Flash Forest over the next two years. The drones are equipped with advanced seed pods, automation, and machine learning to plant in some of the most severe forest fire sites across Canada. The sites will be monitored for germination success and to obtain survival data on the success of using drones for planting instead of traditional tree-planting methods.

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