AATA Living Archives Save Genetics for Future Generations
After trees propagated by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and grown to a height suitable to survive in the wild, they are replanted to form an archive, or a living library of Champion trees, where they can safely grow into the future and be available for further study and preservation. Even after they’re planted, these special trees need care like watering to give them the best chance to survive.
Success to date: AATA has established living archives containing hundreds of vital trees in Michigan, the first “super grove” in southern Oregon – forming an archive of clones of the largest and oldest coast redwoods. In association with our partners at The Eden Project in Cornwall, England, a grove of Archangel Champion Coast redwood trees were planted to create Europe’s first redwood forest.
Why Ancient Trees?
As climate change and wildfires deplete tree populations across the U.S., Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is using cloning technology to replant redwoods and sequoias and save their genetic material.
A story in the UK Daily Mirror about One Life One Tree details their efforts to plant a grove of Archangel Champion Giant Sequoia trees in the cooler climate of Wales to preserve the species.
We’re always on the hunt for new Champions to add to our archive, so when we hear that there is an ancient Coastal Redwood stump that is still alive, we undoubtedly find time in our expedition schedule for a visit.