Access in and around forest areas is challenging. Traditional monitoring, mapping and surveillance have been time-consuming, extremely costly and often not effective. Drone technology is rapidly changing this. Drones are now being used to capture essential forest data from the depth of snow in alpine regions, canopy attributes – such as canopy gaps – and even the extent of carbon storage in a forest area.
A global concern, drones are being used to do aerial surveys of rainforest areas to manage the reduction and to determine where trees are being adversely impacted by human activities.
In line with this, communities and companies are using drones to fight deforestation. By using drones to actively monitor forested areas, they can secure images of people or activities that are undertaking illegal deforestation.
More remarkable, drones are now being used to plant trees! In vast and often inaccessible areas, drones can now distribute seedlings in a fast, nimble and efficient manner to ensure forest longevity.