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First Nations look to reforest northern B.C. areas destroyed in wildfires with drone pilot

Nanaimo News Bulletin covered how CCR is undertaking a pilot project using drones to seed forests devasted by wildfires.

Photo credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski—Williams Lake Tribune • Tsideldel First Nation councillor and Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR) director Percy Guichon (left), and Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd. forester Danny Strobbe are excited about CCR's trial project using drones to seed forests devastated by wildfires.

A company comprised of two First Nations in B.C.’s Interior is using drones to reforest areas devastated by wildfires.

Last November, 1,000s of Lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir tree seeds were dropped by five drones in a 52-hectare portion of the Chilcotin Plateau which was razed by the White Lake wildfire in 2017.

Supported by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC), Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR), a joint venture of Tsideldel First Nation and Tl’etinqox Government, teamed up with the Seattle-based company DroneSeed for the trial project.

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