Three climbers next to one of the largest known Champion Coast Redwood trees. PHOTO: Archangel
A wonderful new article in The New York Times Magazine, “Can We Save the Redwoods by Helping Them Move?” is a captivating exploration into the innovative and sometimes controversial concept of assisted migration.
The piece follows the endeavors of Philip Stielstra and his organization, PropagationNation, who, inspired by Archangel co-founder David Milarch, are working towards relocating coast redwood and giant sequoia trees to the Pacific Northwest.
About the New York Times Article
What makes this article particularly enlightening is its multifaceted approach to the topic. It not only delves into the ecological and environmental benefits of such an initiative, such as carbon storage and climate change mitigation but also brings potential drawbacks and challenges to light.
Assisted Migration Helps Trees Find a New Home
Philip Stielstra has a big dream. He wants to plant many redwood trees in a new place, far from their original home. Why? Because he believes these trees can help our planet by storing lots of carbon. Historically, redwoods had a broader habitat range, which included more northern regions. We might be giving them a fighting chance against climate change by reintroducing them to such regions.
A Book That Sparks Action
Philip didn’t just wake up one day with this idea. He read a book about Milarch’s life and work called “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jim Robbins (the book is available in our online store). After reading it, Philip felt inspired to make a difference through working with trees.
Taking Action in Seattle
Philip planned to move young redwood trees to Seattle. This is a place far north from where these trees usually grow. With the help of his group, PropagationNation, he started planting copies of Archangel Champion Trees in parks and other spots around the city.
Big Goals for the Future
Philip has set his eyes on a big goal. He wants to plant one million redwood trees every year by 2027. That’s a lot of trees! All these trees will help store more carbon and make our earth healthier.
Why This Matters
Some people might ask, “Why is Philip doing this?” Well, our planet is changing. The weather is getting warmer, and trees like redwoods can help. By planting them in new places, we give them a chance to grow and help us in return.