Climbing Sequoias for Climate Change

Reader Contribution by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive
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For almost two decades, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive group has done what the experts said was impossible. Namely, they have taken DNA from over 70 of the most magnificent trees on the planet; have cloned thousands of individuals from this original DNA and are actively re-planting/re-foresting these champion trees. Thus, the organization is focused on the trees that are the world’s most fundamental to clean our water and air, and that capture and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to make the most progress in preventing the worst effects of global warming.

[Watch the recently released video by Erik Olsen, “Climbing Sequoias for Climate Change” at the New York Times’ website.]

On December 2012, Archangel planted tree clones from 28 of California’s largest, oldest coast redwoods and giant sequoias on four acres near Port Orford, Ore. The planting was the world’s first attempt to re-create an old-growth forest from its Noah’s Ark storehouse of rooted cuttings from “champion” trees, the tallest, oldest and largest samples of each species it can find. Furthermore, on April 22, 2013 (Earth Day), the group committed to a global planting event of dozens of unique coast redwood clones at nine locations in seven countries: Germany, Ireland, Wales, England, New Zealand, Australia, and in the United States (California and Oregon states).

In short, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive hopes to extend its replanting worldwide, battling climate change by tapping the huge trees’ unmatched ability to store carbon. The group could grow into a movement with global spirit and reach as a counteraction to deforestation. By getting involved in any way, you can make all the difference in building momentum for reforestation!

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a nonprofit organization that locates and propagates the world’s largestand most iconic trees. We are creating living libraries of old-growth tree genetics by cloning these old growth trees through traditional and advanced horticultural propagation for the purpose of future research and functional reforestation. We promote the use of the right trees for the right application for a balanced, sustainable environment. We want, and need to replace the natural filter systems of our water and air to mitigate climate change, and protect our freshwater ecosystem to restore the health of our planet.

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