The best trees, when planted in the right setting, can elevate the quality of all other similar trees in the area. This is our hope when a Champion Tree is planted. We recommend that no more than 10% of champion trees be used in a reforestation setting in order to maintain genetic diversity and allow the champion genetics to mix with the existing trees. We do not promote monocultures, but instead plan for the overall strengthening of the forests where our trees are planted.
At Archangel our motto is the right tree in the right place, for the right reason. Trees offer solutions for so many environmental challenges and with that in mind we plant trees for phytoremediation, carbon-stacking to fight climate change, erosion control, runoff management, watershed enhancement, and wildlife habitat to just name a few solutions.
The world’s forests have been called “the lungs of the planet.” Our intention is to help to restore the forests of the world by reintroducing specimens – from clones of ancient trees or proven champion trees – that have exhibited a proven longevity, or have shown other desirable attributes to improve the ecofunction of the world’s forests.
After working through the first steps of our process; Collection and Propagation, we develop planting projects where our clones of ancient or Champion Trees can be reintroduced to do the most good. A few of our recent planting projects are highlighted below.