Jeffrey Seller and Josh Lehrer

Photo by Justin Barbin

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive announced today that it has received a significant, multi-year grant from the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation. The grant will support AATA’s mission to clone and plant best-in-class specimens of 100 important tree species whose future has been jeopardized by climate change, deforestation, and other human activity.


Participate in the matching grant by making a donation today to the Archangel Spring 2019 Champion Tree Project expansion crowdfunding campaign.

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“Simply put, in this time of severe climate disruption, Archangel’s work is essential to cleaning our planet’s air, soil and water, and stabilizing the environment.” – Josh Lehrer, Director and Co-founder, Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation

AATA combines leading-edge science with a commitment to environmental action. Arborists under their direction so far have successfully cloned and grown saplings from the stumps of 19 ecologically important tree species, including the stumps of some of the world’s oldest and largest coast redwoods. Some of the stumps were from trees that were up to 3,000 years old and measured up to 35 feet in diameter when they were cut down in the 19th and 20th centuries. In December 2018, 75 of the cloned Champion redwood saplings were planted at the Presidio national park in San Francisco.

“No other organization on the planet has preserved the living DNA of more champion trees and proven they can propagate and reforest the cloned offspring from that DNA,” said Josh Lehrer, director, and co-founder of the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation. “Simply put, in this time of severe climate disruption, Archangel’s work is essential to cleaning our planet’s air, soil and water, and stabilizing the environment.”

About the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation

Predicated on the concept that first you learn, then you earn and then you return, the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation pursues innovative and worthwhile cultural and environmental initiatives. Specifically, the Foundation makes grants to public charities with educational, theatrical, artistic, the Jewish community, and environmental purposes.

For further information regarding the mission of the SLFF and the grant proposal process, contact Marty Singer, Director, and President, Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation.

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