We don’t often think about modernizing the way that we plant trees. For generations, the process has remained the same: A seed falls to the ground, germinates, grows, sprouts branches and leaves, pulls carbon from the atmosphere, and releases oxygen.

But things are changing. Today, we have a much deeper understanding of the critical role trees play in our environment. We are also better than ever at managing our forests properly and keeping them healthy.

Innovative technologies are essential to these efforts. Aerial and ground surveys allow us to track and measure changing conditions in forests, and a myriad of sensors make it possible for us to track growth rates, soil moisture and more. One of the most promising new technologies is the use of drones that are capable of planting hundreds of thousands of trees per day at a fraction of the cost of other reforestation efforts.

A desire to embrace these new technologies and…

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