Thousands of acres of California forestland go up in smoke every year due to wildfires ‚ in some cases, leaving nature struggling to regenerate.
Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are hard at work trying to give trees a head start by collecting seeds to start seedlings in greenhouses and planting them by hand.
But now drones could drop those future trees from the sky.
As the country experiences more large and destructive wildfires, it’s become harder for nature to bounce back.
“U.S. forests are really at a crisis point,” said David Lytle with the U.S. Forest Service. “We have seen catastrophic wildfires.”
Lytle says some forests need help to regrow. The process usually demands crews hand-planting lab-grown seedlings in scorched areas.
It’s labor-intensive and time-consuming, but now, some are speeding up the process with drones.
“If natural regeneration is occurring less and less because the fires are high severity, what we need to do is to be able to step and be able to as humans reforest faster,” said Grant Canary, the CEO of DroneSeed.