Archangel Ancient Tree Archive: Cloning old growth trees like the redwood to combat climate change

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is on a mission to save the world by planting trees – mainly by propagating the world’s most important old growth trees, cloning them, and reforesting them.

The Michigan-based environmental organisation clones champion trees, the biggest and tallest of their species, to preserve their genetics and to combat climate change.

In 2018, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive planted a “super grove” of 75 coastal redwood saplings in San Francisco’s Presidio park.

These trees hold champion eco-technology that filters air, soil and water and are capable of removing record amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The saplings came from five ancient stumps in Northern California estimated to be up to 3,000 years old.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive’s co-founder David Milarch and his team led an expedition to clone the saplings from five ancient tree stumps in northern California.

Previously thought to be impossible to clone, the original trees are estimated to be up to 3,000 years old and up to 400 feet tall. They could grow to become the world’s most massive trees, surpassing the current largest living tree, a giant sequoia in California’s Sequoia National Park.

The ancient redwoods also have extremely strong immune systems, serve healthy functions like filtering water and soil, and are resistant to wildfires, droughts and pests.

Once mature, coastal redwoods can sequester up to 250 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide. Champion coastal redwoods are also highly resistant to wildfires, pests, and droughts.

Saplings from the project are also developing in groves in Canada, England, France, New Zealand and Australia.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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