Wildfires are one of the major concerning issues that this world is facing today. Millions of animals are subject to counter effects wherever these wildfires catch up. The world at the very start of 2020 has noticed the massive wildfires that severely affected the parts of Australia. The harm that these forest fires do to the flora and fauna of a place is relentless. Again this wildfire is in the news, but this time for a good reason. Let’s have a look at it.
A Seattle-based U.S company, DroneSeed has deployed drones in an advanced, much quicker, and more reasonable manner to provide solutions in the reforestation of forests decimated by wildfires. The business uses fleets of drones (drone swarms) to replant hundreds of trees in forest areas that have already been destroyed. The method includes dropping “seed vessels” into regions in which they are most likely to sprout back from the dead.
It will usually take several years to restore the forests and require hundreds of individuals physically repotting the saplings. Up to five eight-foot drones, flying together through pre-programmed paths, operate to cover up to 50 acres every day, carrying up to 26 kg of seed vessels per drone. This method is six times better than a tree planter doing around two acres a day according to DroneSeed CEO, Grant Canary, and it has allowed the business to cut the distribution networks to get seedlings down from 3 years to an amazing 3 months throughout the soil.
To achieve greater performance, DroneSeed utilizes its patented seed vessels. A combination of fertilizers, nutrients, and pest deterrents are specially designed vessels that help the seeds take root more effectively without having to be physically buried in the ground. In order to get an accurate view of the topology and composition of the soil, Droneseed also uses Lidar technology to construct a 3D map of the terrain and sensors that calculate various wavelengths of light. LIDAR technology is also used for mapping the home terrain in self-driving vehicles and even on robotic vacuum cleaners. DroneSeed claims that, based on trials conducted in New Zealand and Washington state, it can produce more than 140 trees per acre.