Ambitious B.C. project aims to fight climate change one seed at a time

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      Seed the North will collect seeds, combine them in biodiverse seedpods and use drone technology to drop them over thousands of acres. The project will target areas disturbed by both natural events, like wildfires, floods and landslides, as well as those impacted by industry. The project’s mission stands on three pillars: traditional Indigenous knowledge, the scientific community and what Kuperman describes as the “brawn” of technological ingenuity. She is the facilitator — the thread that ties them all together.

      The effects of climate change can be seen in northern British Columbia, where forests in recent decades have suffered drought, wildfires and pest outbreaks, such as the mountain pine beetle infestation.

      The region is sparsely populated. Its largest city, Prince George, has a population of less than 75,000. The entire northern two-thirds of the province is home to only 6% of British Columbia’s total population. To paraphrase renowned ethnobotanist Wade Davis, it’s a place where you could hide England and the English would never find it. It’s also a place where trees could store a lot of carbon.

      But rather than seeing this vast region as a carbon bank, governments have long viewed it as a source for withdrawals. The north is relied upon heavily for its resources — traditionally forestry and mining, and increasingly oil and gas extraction and transportation.

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      I watched a video about this not long ago and found it very interesting. Using drones for planting seeds on clear cut areas speeds up the process immensely as well as cutting labor costs. As the technology improves this will most likely move to agriculture also.

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