FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Milarch
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive – Co-Founder
Tel. 231/883/5366 –
CHAMPION COAST REDWOOD TREE CLONES
PLANTED AT PORT ORFORD BUFFINGTON PARK
(Port Orford, OR – June 13, 2015) The non-profit
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has planted genetic duplicates of some of the largest and oldest champion coast redwood trees in the world at
Port Orford Buffington Memorial Park – www.enjoyportorford.com/
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has used funds donated from over 200 private individuals to finance champion coast redwood tree production for this year’s
plantings along the southern Oregon coast to further preserve the genetics of the largest and oldest living organisms on earth in an effort to assist with the migration of the species during coming climate changes. Co-sponsored by the Rare Tree Reserve, Wild
Rivers Coast Alliance, and the Arthur Sherman Davidson Family, this year’s expanded plantings have occurred at numerous private and public property locations, including Ocean Mountain Ranch, site of the
World’s First Planting of a Champion Redwood & Sequoia Forest located in the headwaters of the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area in Curry County, Oregon.
David Milarch and his life-long efforts to re-forest the world with his two sons, Jared and Jake, are the subject of a recent 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. This book has documented Archangel’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.
Initially, many scientists and tree experts said it couldn’t be done, but now Archangel’s team has successfully cloned some the world’s oldest trees –
including old growth coast redwoods and giant sequoias – and David says, “We are working for our grandchildren!” This theme is consistent and complimentary with Port Orford’s Parks & Recreation Department, which has the purpose to aid and assist in
any way that benefits the youth and community members as a whole in order to create a healthier community for generations to come.
Among the unique individual trees planted in Port Orford Buffington Park is a clone from the stump sprouts of the Barrett coast redwood tree – a giant
cut down over 100 years ago which was one of the very largest trees on the planet.
The mission of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is to
propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone,
archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future, and
reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive…
Scientists Seeking to Save World Find Best Technology is Trees
“It’s amazing for one layman to come up with the idea of saving champion trees as a meaningful way to address the issues of biodiversity and climate
change. This could be a grass roots solution to a global problem. A few million people selecting and planting the right trees for the right places could really make a difference.” — Dr. Rama Nemani, Earth Scientist.