Cloning Ancient Redwoods

Apr 29, 2013

The root mass of a cloned redwood sapling, shown before it planted at the College of Marin last week.
Credit College of Marin

California is home to some of the biggest trees on the planet. Now new cloning efforts may allow them to take root in many other parts of the world—sequestering tons of carbon as they grow.

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a small, Michigan-based non-profit dedicated to preserving the genetics of ancient trees, propagating them, and using those cloned saplings for reforestation around the world. Founder David Milarch explains their work in this video.