Over the past several decades, about 15 billion trees have been lost each year, which has resulted in reduced oxygen production, less carbon dioxide being absorbed from the atmosphere, and accelerated climate change. Deforestation due to agriculture, mining, land development, logging, and other processes that underpin industrialized economies have all played a role.
Many reforestation programs have been slow, tenuous, and difficult. Attempts to recover forests by hand — with people planting individual seedlings — are labor intensive, even with the help of machinery. Once seeds are planted, they are confronted by normal to severe forces of sun, wind, and rain, or grazing wildlife, and the industry survival rate is only about 40%. Elevated hillsides or rocky terrains are nearly impossible to recover.
In a rush to create change, some governments have accelerated the reforestation process without proper mapping or knowledge of local ecosystems, resulting in failure. Others went ahead and approved monoculture tree plantations, only to be harvested again a few years later. Still others were simply unable to justify the huge expense of restoring natural forests – complete with flora, fauna, and fungi — cleared years ago by mining and agriculture, or destroyed by bushfires.
Lord of the Trees combines leading edge technologies – the best of the new – with Indigenous land management – the best of the old – to help government authorities, the mining sector, and the agricultural industry regeneratively restore land on a mass scale at a vastly reduced cost.
Over the past 4 decades, about 15 billion trees have been harvested annually. Deforestation due to agriculture, mining, land development, logging, and other processes that underpin today’s economies have all played a role.
Unfortunately, attempts at reforestation have been tenuous and difficult. Individual people planting individual seedlings is labor intensive, even with the help of machinery. And, once seeds are planted, they are confronted by normal-to-severe forces of sun, wind, and rain, or grazing wildlife. Industry survival rate is a disappointing 40%.
Additionally, in a rush to create change, some governments and organizations have even accelerated deforestation because they lack the proper data, mapping techniques, and knowledge of the relationships of indigenous species of forests, fauna, and fungi.
LOTT informs its leading-edge drone and data gathering technologies with natural and generational wisdom. These basic ideas underpin our restorative approach.
By learning from people who know how to steward the land, and by studying ancient techniques of land management, we came to understand the crucial, common-sense role of fungi, wind, water, and birds.
These sources of knowledge and inspiration translate into tree planting techniques that enable survival rates of approximately 70%, nearly double the industry standard.
With years of forestry research and unique seedpod expertise to plant trees, we are able to restore ecosystems and to facilitate companion planting. Lord of the Trees has the ability to help government authorities, the mining sector, and the agricultural industry revitalize and restore
The idea for Lord of the Trees came from a David Attenborough documentary about the Galapagos Islands.
It featured a small island that had been completely barren but had become a flourishing rainforest because of one crucial species. Birds.
Attenborough revealed that the trees that had formed the basis of the new ecosystem germinated by wind, by water, and by bird droppings. It was discovered that the birds’ faecal matter was rich in nutrients and protected the seedlings until they had begun to sprout roots. Carrying the idea further, if a nightjar or parrot could drop a single seed while gliding between palm trees, just think how many could be dispensed by drones!
Fast forward a couple of years and Lord of the Trees has developed forestry tools that include a unique drone technology capable of precision planting more than 250,000 seeds in just 12 hours. Seeds are packed into a carefully balanced fertilizer mix to give them the best possible chances of survival.
Our pods are a blend of plant nutrients that sustain optimum germination conditions, increasing the seeds’ chances of developing a healthy root system. The pods have been created from years of continuous scientific study. In nature, seeds released in bird droppings stand a far better chance, so we mimic those conditions as closely as possible.
In fact, the success rate has shown to be over 75%.
Lord of the Trees is committed to continuing our research to harness new and emerging innovations, and to discovering even more efficiencies. It’s one of many things that sets us apart from others in the industry.
We are poised to help government authorities, the mining sector, land owners, and the agricultural industry restore biodiversity on a mass scale at a vastly reduced cost.
Our proprietary, precision-planting drones represent a revolution in seed deployment and ecosystems restoration on a vast scale.
In areas destroyed by bushfires, disrupted by mining, or cleared for agriculture, we use our 18 years of forestry research and unique seedpod expertise to plant trees, to restore ecosystems, and to facilitate companion planting. This combined approach is restoring healthy and robust habitats in a fraction of the time it takes to accomplish manually.
Our modified and pre-programmed drones and robots are weather-sealed, shock resistant, and are equipped with advanced sensing features that include deployment confirmation and variable settings, which alter drop rates based on seed types and landscape conditions.
One person on foot would have to work full-time every day for a year to plant the 432,000 seedpods that one pilot with five drones can deliver in just 12 hours, at a rate of 2 seedpods per drone per second!
And, because these state-of-the-art drones can operate night and day, over a million trees can be planted in just 48 hours.