The North American Camp Fire was the last month to reach the United States in the last century, and although we can never replace the lost human lives, we have the opportunity to restore the forests used by the flame.
Unfortunately, tree planting is almost as easy as Johnny Appleseed does – it's a foul, dangerous work that requires a high level of information.
That's why starting a Seattle has found a high tech solution to the problem of planting seeds in areas damaged by wildfires – and it includes a combination of drones, artificial intelligence and bio-products.
Leave Drone Do It
Each year, wild fires in the United States have an average burn of 7 million acres, and our current method of replacing lost wood is not ideal. "Even in the most sophisticated companies in the world, planners are superheroes that use bags and shovels to plant trees," said entrepreneur Grant Canary TechCrunch.
That is why DroneSeed founded in 2015. The company has developed drones that can determine where to plant seed and actually plant them – two tasks previously carried out by people.
The drone user uses a lidar to create a 3D map of a multispectral area and camera to collect details of its soil and vegetation. From that data, the AI model sets the ideal place to plant a new tree.
Drones do not throw seed on the ground, but DroneSeed has developed "special seeds". Here are small nutrients with seed in their center and dust of capsaicin on their outside to prevent animals from eating them.
DroneSeed is the first company to receive a multi-disciplinary multi-disciplinary multi-disciplinary air vehicle license, over 55-pounds by the Federal Flight Ministry. That means that her drones can work in a series of up to five crafts to cover larger areas.