As documented in this month’s High Country News, our forests are in big trouble and it’s going to get much worse. The good news is that Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is already successfully cloning and beginning to plant champion giant sequoias and coast redwoods (and many other key species) in archival living libraries around the world to assist with migration to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
[pl_blockquote cite=”Cally Carswell, High Country News”]….If the warming continues – as it surely will without heroic intervention – Stephenson hopes land managers can slow the pace of change and influence its outcome for key forests…. If research begins to show that certain species can’t survive the future climate, Stephenson says, managers may decide to let those trees go, assisting their migration to more hospitable terrain…. Desperate measures to save (giant sequoias and coast redwoods) are already being discussed. “Mortality of big trees is a one-way street,” says Stephenson. “You can’t replace them once they’re gone.”[/pl_blockquote]
Read The Tree Coroners in the December 9, 2013 issue of High Country News at this link.