Guerrilla Tree Archivists Cloned Ancient Redwoods Using Their Dead Stumps

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The Presidio forest, a refuge of pine, cypress, and eucalyptus trees just outside of San Francisco, got 75 new additions last week: clones of ancient redwood trees bred by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a rogue arboreal archivist group.

According to a news release, the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive—founded in 1994 as the Champion Tree Project—created a “super grove” of 75 saplings by taking DNA samples from the stumps of five redwood trees 31 to 35 feet in diameter, which may have been 3,000 years old and 400 feet tall when they were chopped down.

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive reportedly believed it was impossible to clone dead trees—to be clear, trees can be cloned, but it’s typically done


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