DroneSeed’s $36M A round makes it a one-stop shop for post-wildfire reforestation

Robots, century-old seed companies and carbon futures take flight

By Devin Coldewey
October 14, 2021

Drone­Seed start­ed as a tech-pow­ered alter­na­tive to the back­break­ing work of large-scale tree plant­i­ng, but this impor­tant task is only one small part of for­est restora­tion, the infra­struc­ture for which is being pushed to the break­ing point by wild­fires. Armed with $36 mil­lion in new fund­ing, the com­pa­ny is reimag­in­ing refor­esta­tion from root to crown in a mod­ern and ver­ti­cal­ly inte­grat­ed way, graft­ing car­bon futures and AI to cen­tu­ry-old machin­ery and logistics.

When I first wrote about Drone­Seed, the com­pa­ny had just made its debut, show­ing off its cus­tom-built drones and sys­tems for accel­er­at­ing refor­esta­tion efforts. All the prob­lems and solu­tions dis­cussed in that arti­cle are ongo­ing — though the com­pa­ny is expand­ing, it isn’t by any means chang­ing its core prod­uct, which is (as you might guess from the name) using drones to deliv­er seeds to forests dam­aged by wildfires.

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