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Founder David Milarch calls Archangel Ancient Tree Archive the “most hopeful project on the planet.” Learn how the work Archangel does helps restore old-growth forests across the world.

Featured in the April 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

David Milarch, the co-founder of the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Manistee County, has planted champion trees on the grounds of the Pentagon, in Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. He’s been interviewed by The New York Times and the BBC (among many others). There’s even a book about him, “The Man Who Planted Trees,” by NYT journalist Jim Robbins. [Read Traverse’s 2002 feature about the Milarch family’s Champion Tree Project at MyNorth.com/ChampionTrees.]

But this is not a David Milarch story—and he’ll be the first one to tell you that. His vision has gone far beyond one man. Today, Archangel has volunteers all over the world, dozens of nurseries, a science advisory panel and board members who are experts in a variety of disciplines—thousands of people working to propagate our planet’s champion trees and fight climate change.

“We’re cloning the world’s oldest and largest trees that genetically have a predisposition to live several hundred or several thousand years,” Milarch says. “When you clone tree species state by state, country by country … you start to rebuild old-growth forests. You’re bringing back that entire ecosystem.”

Read the rest of the story at MyNorth

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