Tree surgeons (Arborists) have successfully cloned, grown, and planted coast redwoods as a measure to help fight climate change and reverse the effects of deforestation.
Arborists lead by the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, were able to successfully clone coast redwoods from stumps left after being cut down during the 1900s. The cloned samples were grown into saplings, 75 of which were planted at San Francisco’s Presidio national park last December 2018.
Coast redwoods have the potential to capture up to 250 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as compared to just 1 ton by an average tree over the trees’ lifetime. They also grow tall quickly at a rate of about 3 meters (10 feet) per year.
These trees are native to the central and northern California
The redwood stumps scattered across Oregon to Northern California in the US were initially assumed to be dead and impossible to clone. However, David Milarch (one of the nonprofit’s co-founders) and his son, Jake, realized that some of the stumps were producing stump sprouts.
David and Jake collected DNA samples from five coast redwoods stumps, which are remnants of trees that are larger than any tree existing today. They then
David said that, “these saplings have extraordinary potential to purify our air, water, and soil for generations to come.” He also believes that “these trees have the capacity to fight climate change and revitalize forests and our ecology in a way we haven’t seen before.”
The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a nonprofit organization which aims to propagate important old trees, reforest the Earth with ancient trees to fight climate change, and archive the genetics of the ancient trees in living libraries all around the world.
The nonprofit has already planted hundreds of these saplings in England and Oregon, and intend to plant more in nine other countries.
You can watch David discussing his advocacy in the video below.