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6:36 am - 11/09/2016
"It's for the future": Scientists are cloning the world's ancient trees

Some of the world’s biggest and most ancient trees are in jeopardy.

Humans have cut down more than 90 percent of the planet’s oldest trees, and forces like pollution and climate change threaten those that are left.

In the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California — home to the giant sequoias — scientists are trying to reverse this trend by essentially cloning the trees. Sequoias can grow up to 250 feet tall, with trunks as big as 30 feet in diameter, and they’re known to live 3,000 years or more.

To preserve the species and create a thriving new generation of giant sequoias, the scientists are taking genetic material from the fresh growth of the top branches. For arborists like Jacob Milarch, that involves using rigging to climb into the branches up to 200 feet high.

They snip off small samples from the trees, which are then transported to a lab in Michigan. There, they are nurtured from sprouts until they’re large enough to be planted all over the world.

So far, the team has produced and planted at least a quarter million trees, Milarch told CBS News. Milarch is with the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, the nonprofit group behind the tree cloning mission.

“It’s not for us, it’s for the future,” Milarch said. “So it’s a gift to the grandkids, to the kids.”

sauce is cbs news
jeliza 9th-Nov-2016 07:57 pm (UTC)
Bless you OP.
stess BABY TREES9th-Nov-2016 08:29 pm (UTC)

blackjedii Re: BABY TREES9th-Nov-2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Baby tree clones!

moonshaz 9th-Nov-2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
This is nice.
crossfire 10th-Nov-2016 02:37 am (UTC)
*wan smile at the return of the tree surgery tag*
golden_bastet 10th-Nov-2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
I'm confused.

Does this really solve the problem? If the places where the trees thrive best are being cut down and environmental changes are threatening the ones remaining, where are the clones being planted?

(Sorry, not in happy mode in the moment though not wanting to overlook the good intentions behind posting this.)
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