COPEMISH, Mich. (AP) Group kicks off planting of ancient tree clones.
A team led by a nurseryman from northern Michigan and his sons has raced against time for two decades, snipping branches from some of the world's biggest and most durable trees with plans to produce clones that could restore ancient forests and help fight climate change.
Now comes the most ambitious phase of the quest: getting the new trees into the ground.
Ceremonial plantings of two dozen clones from California's mighty coastal redwoods were taking place Monday in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the U.S.I can get behind this type of thing for a couple of reasons:
- Planting these giant trees sounds kinda cool.
- Big trees do seem to use more CO2 so it might help in some small way, assuming of course that CO2 is the problem, and that there is a problem.
- Apparently no US taxpayer dollars were used in this effort. This is how it should be. Some guys had an idea, they acted on it, it might work. If it doesn't it didn't cost me anything. If it does work, and we won't ever live long enough to know, cool.
- It shows individual initiative and no "community organization" or other liberal BS buzz words needed.