A dedicated group of individuals works to carry out the mission of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.
June 30, 2021: Archangel is pleased to announce a transition. Jared Milarch, Executive Director, will be taking on day-to-day management. Jared has decades of experience in Champion tree propagation and management. Founder David Milarch, 71, will continue to provide his deep expertise in Champion tree propagation, archiving, education and reforestation.
Archangel provides its heartfelt thanks to David Milarch for his founding vision, and willingness to provide essential guidance in carrying out the Archangel mission.
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.
David Milarch provides expert guidance to the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to continue working towards his vision of replanting the earth with the genetics of the world’s remaining ancient forests.
He is a third-generation nurseryman with over 40 years of experience in propagation and reforestation. 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.
Director of Propagation & Education Program Director
Jake Milarch has been climbing trees since he was a boy, and his journey has evolved to climbing and cloning the world’s oldest and tallest trees. A 4th generation tree farmer, Jake oversees all tree propagation at the Archangel facility and is an ISA Certified Arborist.
His leadership and vision inspired the formation of the Archangel Education Initiative as a lead teaching facilitator. Jake is also co-owner of a northern Michigan grapevine grafting business specializing in cold hearty wine grapes.
Consulting Sustainability Expert
In the first decade of the 21st century, Terry Mock completed a three-year term as a Director of the International Society of Arboriculture and stepped down as the Founding Executive Director of the non-profit Champion Tree Project International to become certified in permaculture design, establish Tree of Life Sustainable Development Consulting, work with Sustainable Land Development Today magazine, as an Editorial Board Director and Sustainable Land Development Today Newsletter Editor, and co-found Sustainable Land Development Initiative.
Terry developed a sustainable home and permaculture eco-forestry research, education, and recreational project overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the largest remaining old-growth forest on the southern Oregon coast.
*Deceased. We honor our departed friend.
We also value the support of Archangel team members:
Tom Brodhagen • Head of Propagation
Rip Tompkins • Climber/Collector
Chris Moore • Propagation Assistant
Jen Milarch • Accounting
Nancy French • Development & Communications (Volunteer)
Kelly Harrison • Communications
Corey Bigelow, Edie Juno, Jamie Kramer • Volunteers
Bill Latka • Outreach & Webmaster
Jake Milarch • Education Program Coordinator
Kerry Milarch • Education Consultant
Mary Ellen Newport (IAA) • Science Education Consultant
Marvine Stamatakis (IAA) • International Education Consultant