Aerial planting: BC First Nations company trialing reforestation with drones
Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) featured CCR's drone-seeding project.
CFI: Canada Forest Industries
B.C. Central Interior forestry company Cariboo Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR) is trialling the use of drones to direct seed nearly 52 hectares of fire-impacted forest.
The drones were on-site last fall in the Chilcotin plateau area where two high-intensity wildfires – among the largest the province has seen – tore through the region in 2017. The project saw more than half a million nutrient-packed seed pucks distributed by using drones and hand-deployed over a two-week period.
CCR is a joint venture company between Tsideldel First Nation and Tl’etinqox Government. CCR director Percy Guichon tells CFI the use of drones in silviculture was the next logical step after years of deploying drones for other aspects of forest management.