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Enhancing Direct Seeding Efforts With Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) “Swarms” and Seed Technology

Technological advances of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are creating new possibilities for establishing trees and native plants across large areas and have the potential to serve as a rapid response tool in post-disturbance environments. The advanced machinery and automation are also extending the possibility for “enhanced” seeding methods as an intermediate between conventional direct seeding and planting of nursery stock. This approach may allow managers to overcome limitations of cost, labor, safety, and viability. Here we present components of our novel software, hardware, and seeding systems designed to address payload delivery efficiently, precisely, safely, at scale, and within the regulatory framework of the United States Federal Aviation Administration.


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Author(s): Matthew Aghai, Tiffani Manteuffel-Ross

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 63, Number 2 (2020)

Volume: 63

Number: 2

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