Boston: well-known home of the …. Redwood Tree?

This picture is not (yet) real. But… it could be… sorta… read on….


By now the events at the end of the Boston Marathon and the movie-like days following them are known by most of our audience.  As a New England based business we experienced this strange and horrifying week and now want to – and will – get back to everyday life.

Speaking of “to life’, a very interesting story popped up today on a National Public Radio (NPR) show called “Here and Now”, hosted by Boston’s own Robin Young.

The segment was about the cloning and planting of Redwood trees around the world.  You can learn more here from the show itself.

Regarding the trees themselves, the archives are the work of David Milarch, co-founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Michigan, and the subject of the book “The Man Who Planted Trees.”

The connection to Boston came at the very beginning of Young’s interview with Milarch.  Before he let Robin ask him any questions, he said that he wanted to donate three 3000 to 4000-year old tree clones, valued at tens of thousands of dollars each, to the City of Boston, to honor the victims and heroes of the event, and aid in the rejuvenation of Boston.  It is, as we say here, wicked awesome!

“We were told by most of the world’s scientists that this is impossible. Trying to ask a 2,000-year-old or 3,000-year-old tree to reproduce itself is akin to having a 110-year-old woman have a baby,” Milarch told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

Milarch didn’t believe the naysayers and kept trying.


A clone of a 3,000-year-old redwood tree, growing in a small jar. (David Milarch)

A clone of a 3,000-year-old redwood tree, growing in a small jar. (David Milarch)


“We had thousands of failures until finally we got the right combination,” he said.

Giant sequoias are among the fastest-growing trees on the planet, Milarch said, and absorb more carbon dioxide than other trees.

His goal, he said, is to help offset the excess carbon in the atmosphere and produce more oxygen by reforesting the planet.

In addition to the redwoods, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is cloning 70 other tree species.

Now you may recognize that our book has a tree on its cover.  So we are particularly fond of this story.  In fact, talk about a “green by definition” project!  This is clearly one.

Below is a radio player – you can actually listen to the (very short) piece (about a very tall subject) yourself.