As the drought continues, with little sign of breaking, wildfires are claiming much of our beautiful forested land. And these trees will need replacing, whether by the Forest Service or by landowners on private land.
Those of you familiar with earlier posts know about the Archangel Ancient Tree Project and David Milarch, its irrepressible co-founder. For those of you who don’t, Milarch has made it his life mission to save and clone the oldest giant “Champion” trees so that their genetic diversity will be saved for posterity and use these clones to help reforest countries around the world. Having recently met Milarch and having the chance to see some of these tall giants still alive was a fantastic experience. There will definitely be more to write about what I saw and learned over the coming months!
For right now, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a registered non-profit based in Michigan, has a unique opportunity available for those who need to replace burned out trees – or those who wish to expand existing forest land. Milarch’s organization currently has quantities of 2nd generation Champion coast redwood clones available for planting groves in appropriate areas in “living libraries” to assist with migration of the species. These are the largest living organisms on earth and they help offset CO2 emissions while providing a multitude of other essential ecosystem services.
Milarch says they have approximately 10,000 trees available for those who can use and will care for them. To learn more about these magnificent trees and see how to get them for your property, contact Milarch at (231) 378-4400 or online.
Filed under: Drought | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, champion trees, coastal redwoods, David Milarch, Debra Atlas, drought, ecosystem, Forest Service, genetic diversity, living libraries, northern California, species migration |