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Archangel to announce restoration plans

4/8/2013

The non-profit organization Archangel Ancient Tree Archive will announce plans to restore the global old growth forest starting with exact genetic duplicates of the largest champion redwood trees in the world during the annual Earth Day event at Northwestern Michigan College. David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and the Champion Tree Project International, will speak about leading an international team of experts in the historic global planting to preserve the genetics of the largest and oldest living organisms on earth to assist the migration of the species in order to help mitigate the effects of coming climate change. The champion redwood plantings will occur on April 22, 2013 at multiple locations around the world.

David Milarch and his lifelong efforts to reforest the world are the subject of a new book by New York Times science writer Jim Robbins entitled The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet. The book documents Archangel's and Milarch's mission to clone the champion trees of the world -- the largest, the hardiest, the ones that have survived millennia and are the most resilient to climate change -- and create a kind of Noah's ark of tree genetics. (See also the article "Propagate, Archive, Reforest" in the April 2011 issue of American Nurseryman.) Initially, many scientists and tree experts said it couldn't be done, but now David's team has successfully cloned some the world's oldest trees -- including giant redwoods and sequoias. Among the dozens of unique individual tree clones to be planted in the first forest will be a duplicate of the Fieldbrook Redwood -- a giant tree cut down in 1890 that measured 32.5 feet in trunk diameter and would have surpassed the General Sherman Sequoia as the largest tree on Earth.

This global champion redwood old growth forest reforestation is designed to be an integral part of ongoing sustainability initiatives within the local communities. The mission of Milarch's Archangel Project is three-fold: To propagate the world's most important old growth trees before they are gone, to archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future, and to reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive.