Archangel Ancient Tree Archive
In 2008 David Milarch co-founded Archangel Ancient Tree Archive as the next generation of his former non-profit organization, Champion Tree Project International, to continue working towards his vision of replanting the earth with the genetics of the world’s remaining ancient forests.
He has been awarded the following honors; Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, Grant Thornton Leader and Innovator Award, Garden Clubs of America Distinguished Service Award, Traverse the Magazine Person of the Year, National Daughters of the American Revolution National Conservation Medal, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence for Conservation, Biography Magazine’s Hero Award, and the Garden Clubs of America-Zone X Highest Award for Conservation. He is a third generation nurseryman with over 40 years of experience.
Leslie Lee co-founded Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and was its first Executive Director from 2008-2010. Lee sees humanity as family and Earth as home, and as such she works toward making our world a better place for all.
She built the incomparable Pine Hollow on the Lake Michigan shore of Northwest Lower Michigan as a haven for the future where hundreds of groups have gathered to work toward a sustainable future, founded the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation, established the John R. Lee Endowed Fund at Northwestern University Medical School and funded the $1M Lee Endowment for Global Freshwater. She authored the books Backcountry Ranger and Pine Hollow: A Vernacular Architecture. She was the former Director of Accounting and Director of Human Resources at U.S. Robotics, Inc.
Jared Milarch grew up in the green industry, learning traditional growing methods from his father and grandfather. In 1996, Milarch and his father, David founded the non-profit, Champion Tree Project International, with the mission of preserving, propagating and planting old growth forest genetics. Following college, Jared helped collect, propagate and plant champion trees around the country.
In 2004, Jared decided to continue his family’s growing tradition into the fourth generation. He purchased the family farm and established Milarch Brothers Nursery and Landscaping. In 2008, Jared Milarch co-founded Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. He was formerly the Vice President of Propagation Operations and currently serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Board.