SXSW Startup: DroneSeed Will Save The Forestry Industry Time and Money
Over the last few years we’ve really seen drones take off from consumer friendly toys with cameras to mass uses in commercial, industrial and agricultural applications. The military has been using drones for years for reconnaissance missions. The ability to control an unmanned aerial device can save time, money and natural resources, in almost any industry where they are applied.
Seattle Startup DroneSeed sees major value in using drones in the forestry industry. From scouting miles and miles of unchartered forests to spraying and eventually planting, DroneSeed is staying on the forefront of forestry use of unmanned vehicles.
With DroneSeed, drones are used in a way that’s directly impacting the environment for good. Forestry restoration is a labor of love for so many people and companies. Often times restoration projects can be very costly and time consuming. One of the biggest hurdles in forestry restoration projects is navigating the terrain. Forests stretch for hundreds of miles in some cases and even with the best aerial photography in the world, on the ground it’s a world of confusion and frustration.
DroneSeed is currently developing technology that will allow drones to assist with planting. Currently they are using their drones for spraying in the Pacific Northwest.
Forests, especially in the Pacific Northwest, are a great natural resource. These forests act as carbon banks and can off-set greenhouse emissions, which is valuable for the protection of our environment. Forests in the Pacific Northwest can bank about 230 metric tons of CO2 per acre. A report published in the LA Times in 2010 says that just 10 of the forests considered in the Pacific Northwest account for the storage of 9.8 billion metric tons of C02 across 19 million acres.
As loggers have turned to some of these forests, restoration ensures that trees are replanted and forests are regrown. To do that, you need to be able to get into hard to reach places for both planting and spraying, places that traditional sprayers can’t reach by air because they’re just too big. By offering spraying services, the foresting industry can get into those hard to reach places for spraying, and eventually planting. DroneSeed also offers valuable data and insight based on information that isn’t readily available, again because of the terrain and topography.
DroneSeed is one of a handful of startups that is making a direct, positive, impact on the environment. They are also a top 50 finalist in the 2018 SXSW Accelerator. Visit with them at SXSW Interactive, March 9-13th in Austin Texas and find out more at droneseed.co