COPEMISH, Mich., March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 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 the AATA's mission to clone and plant best-in-class specimens of 100 important tree species whose future has been jeopardized by climate change, de-forestation and other human activity.
"This generous gift of long-term operational funding, along with matching incentives, provides Archangel with the financial anchor partner it has long sought," said David Milarch, Archangel's co-founder. "We are deeply grateful for SLFF's leadership in solidifying our operational position and we look forward to cloning and planting more Champion Trees."
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 Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (AATA)
Archangel's mission is to: Propagate the world's most important old growth trees before they are gone; Archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future; and Reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive. Champion Trees are the largest and oldest trees. Archangel has identified the 100 most ecologically important tree species and successfully cloned 19 of those different tree species, including Sequoias, Coastal Redwoods, Monterey Pines, White Oaks, Black Walnuts and numerous others, and plans to reach all 100 species. Some mature Champion Trees can sequester over 200 tons of carbon. Archangel is the world leader in propagating, archiving and reforesting the planet with Champion Trees. For further information see: www.AncientTreeArchive.org, or contact David Milarch, Archangel co-founder, at [email protected].
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, 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 at [email protected].
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