Planes Can Plant 900,000 Trees A Day With Seed Bombs


Can Nature win the war on climate change? Maybe with a little help from humanity.  Old military planes are now being reconditioned and refitted with new mechanics. Using these planes, we can drop tree bombs instead of landmines.

From Earth We Are One

Most major ecosystems are in danger of over-logging and with each acre we loose…  the world looses more of our precious oxygen makers and plant medicine.  We all realize the value of wood, but the over use of our culture is unable to keep up with the practice of hand-planting one tree for each one cut down.

The Intelligence Of Tree Bombing

Using old military planes, we can plant a billion trees a year. These planes will “Tree Bombs” to reforest areas that have been devastated by commercial  clear cutting.

The aerial reforestation planes can reach remote areas,… even deserts!  This removes the need to have individuals plant seedlings by hand.

The program uses some of that fastest growing trees in the world, which grow over 10 feet per year.  These trees can fully counter the negative effects of de-forestation within a few years.


The Technology…

According to an article by the Guardian and followed-up by Treehugger Inhabitat, and Themindunleashed:

“A fleet of unused and decommissioned C-130 Hercules cargo planes, originally created to drop land mines, could be recommissioned as foresters. Lockheed Martin — the quintessential military innovation company — and Aerial Forestation Inc, of Newton took an old rusty idea from former UK RAF pilot Jack Walters and turned it into a reality. The planes will be outfitted to each drop up to 900,000 trees in one day and with 2,500 C-130’s sitting unused in 70 different countries, this idea could make for a lot of little saplings.”

The Mind Unleashed described the process like this,

“The current proposal retrofits unused C-130 Hercules cargo planes to drop cones of seeds. The cones “bury themselves in the soil of a deforested area at the same distance that one would want them to be if planting the trees by hand. The tree bombs don’t explode on impact but rather their casing dissolves over time and they contain a measure of fertilizer and enough moisture to ensure that the tree takes root.”

“The possibilities are amazing. We can fly at 1,000 ft at 130 knots planting more than 3,000 cones a minute in a pattern across the landscape – just as we did with landmines, but in this case each cone contains a sapling. That’s 125,000 trees for each sortie and 900,000 trees in a day.” –  Peter Simmons, a Lockheed Martin representative, via Inquisitr

Watch below to see aerial reforestation and tree bombs in action

sources – themindunleased, wiki, inhabit, inquisitr, treehugger


  1. Remarkable Innovation. Practical indeed to disperse seeds, into their natural habitat.
    There can be a moisture / wet surface for the seed packaging to support seed germination as it contacts the soil surface. Success rate will be lot better.
    Connecting local communities for follow up will be more fruitful & calls for perpetual exercise of planting.
    Ashok Meda
    CEO, ShriPrabha Global Exchange ExIm


  2. Wonderful and fascinating. Definitely this will help to overcome the global warming and play a positive role in climate change. But need to keep the following in mind,
    1. Plant only the indigenous plants which are / were native to the respective ecosystems.
    2. Do not plant trees in the grasslands, deserts, swamps, marshes etc. These are special ecosystems where unique species of flora and fauna are adopted.
    3. Instead of monoculture (single species), use different indigenous species of plants.
    4. Protect and preserve existing forest which is being lost for agriculture, industries and so on. The large scale deforestation in Malaysia, Indonesia for growing palm oil and for timber, and large scale timber harvest in Amazon forest to be stopped. These evergreen forests host amazing innumerable species of flora and fauna, most of which yet to be identified.
    5. More over encourage people to plant trees in their backyard.

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  3. First of all, the article is great and I hope this works. Second of all, “Intellegence?” Seriously, doesn’t anyone proof read these articles before publishing? Typos happen, but “Intellegence” was used in a section title. Get it together!

    OK, rant over.


  4. these would need to be designed so they don’t injure wildlife. Things dropped from height pick up a lot of velocity and kinetic energy ( like fletchettes were used in the war – buckets of bullets chucked out from airplane upon enemies heads in the vietnam war). Anything designed to penetrate the earth could also penetrate a human or animal, and tens of thousands of these raining down on a landscape could be dangerous.


  5. I really hope if they do this, they’re going to keep in contact with other countries and make sure they know we aren’t trying to bomb them with bad things. Darned good idea, though, makes me happy that this kind of thing really is being thought about.


  6. I’ve planted about 500 acrs of tress. I have serious reservations aboutnthe effectiveness of this approach, trees have to be planted optimally tomsurvive, and I doubt this method can be accurate enough. I have found plenty of internet exho chamber repetition about what a great idea it is but no foresters talking about it working . As far as I’m concerned the lack of attention to such pesky details makes stories like this potential more damagung than helpful,as they can lead people to think there are easy solutions, or even that problems are being solved when they are not .


  7. Unfortunately the article and the idea are riddled with naivety. This mind set tells us we can cure our ills with yet more tech, more oil use – yet this is the cause. So we are happy to “replace” the existing forests with this?. At least big business either doesnt know – or care. The mantra would be “hey what you complaining about, we’ll replace these Amazon forests with new tree bombed ones” thereby devaluing the original. Stop cutting down what is left. Non-ecologists think planting trees is a simple answer. There is a world of difference between a naturally occurring forest and a tree plantation. Naturally trees “select” their position (locally/globally) using their DNA, the aspect, soil type, fungal assistance and other biotic interactions we arent even aware of, animal vectors, climate (!) time, etc. Tree bombing would slap any old tree (as likely non-native and certainly not local provenance (disease resistance) where once a real thing existed Further – the UK Guardian Newspaper says -“An idea, originally from a former RAF pilot, Jack Walters, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, has been developed by the US manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aerospace so that 900,000 young trees can be planted in a day.” Great, so now arms dealers are saving our planet as well as destroying it.


  8. 1> Conservation first!
    2> International coordination clearly required.
    3> Using only native species makes sense.
    4> Still a very expensive program, but maybe a necessity.
    5> Concern for harming wildlife – seriously? We kill everything already, and
    without this sort of effort, they’ll all die anyway. The odds of hitting an
    animal with one of these things may equal being hit by natural lightning.
    6> Cynics contribute nothing of value.
    7> Look to corporation shipping and packaging as the culprit of
    deforestation together with clearing land for agriculture. Stop that first!


  9. rad idea, but guys, please, spell shit properly!!!! LOSE. NOT LOOSE…. jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  10. Sounds impressive but if we don an energy audit of this…. how much energy do we need to fix the old planes, to fuel them, and to create the cones? What will be the survival rate of these trees without follow up care?

    What about using this same money to pay local people to plant trees? They will not plant such a large number but there could be a higher rate of survival if they are engaged in the project long term and continue to care for the trees. In this way we are empowering communities to improve their own local ecosystem.



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