The company says its autonomous vehicles would lower the cost of replanting trees and help modernize the forestry industry

Oregon-based startup DroneSeed aims to use the power of drones and GPS technology to bring reforestation efforts into the 21st century. By automating aspects of forestry management that have previously been conducted manually, the company hopes to lower the cost of planting trees and vastly increase productivity.

The startup emerged out of the realization that mechanizing certain industries like automobile production and farming has reaped huge benefits for society. However, DroneSeed had to overcome a challenge at first that those other industries didn’t face — adapting machinery to the unpredictable mountains and valleys where trees are replanted.

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