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Edmonton Journal: Alberta drone test could show faster, cheaper way to replant forests

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BioCarbon Engineering has recently been featured in the Edmonton Journal during it's test flights in Alberta Canada in association with the Canadian Forestry Service. You can read the full article here.

Credit to writer Gordon Kent.

Drone pilot Jeremie Leonard from Biocarbon Engineering will be helping the Canadian Forest Service for the first-ever Canadian trial of using drones to plant tree seeds. The drone will be used in northern Alberta to plant. Taken on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Greg Southam / Postmedia

Drone pilot Jeremie Leonard from Biocarbon Engineering will be helping the Canadian Forest Service for the first-ever Canadian trial of using drones to plant tree seeds. The drone will be used in northern Alberta to plant. Taken on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Greg Southam / Postmedia

Dirk Brinkman, chief executive of Vancouver’s Brinkman and Associates Reforestation, said about 450 million trees a year are planted in Canada, most because it’s required after logging.

But governments can’t always afford to deal with millions of hectares damaged by fire or other sources, so drones might be a cheaper, more effective solution, he said.

David Price, a Canadian Forest Service research scientist who arranged the display, said the main human seeding methods are by hand and by air.

But good tree planters only place about 2,000 or 3,000 seedlings a day, while dumping clouds of seeds from an airplane is imprecise and few of them germinate, he said.

“With drones and the potential to map these areas at a high resolution, we see the ability to map the perfect (planting) spots.”

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