Preschoolers in San Francisco help scientists bring back giant redwoods in California
Being such a rare tourist attraction today, it might be hard to believe that giant redwoods used to line hundreds of miles off the northern California coast, living for more than 2,000 years as the longest living creature on Earth.
Now, David Melarch and his comrades Archangel Ancient Tree Archive He is trying to plant a new generation of giants. He takes cuttings from the oldest and largest peaks, about 400 feet high, to his lab in Coupmish, Michigan. These specialists use a technique called micropropagation to grow them into seedlings and say that from a single tree sample, a team of scientists can grow an unlimited number of clones.
the problem? How to get them all in the ground. This is where these little soldiers come in Cow Hollow School in San Francisco. You’ve heard right, not before, but the tree students who attend outdoor classes learn about ecology and sustainability at a young age by getting their hands small. Jan Fraser, CEO of Presidio Trust.
Sometimes maintaining their focus can be difficult, but when it finally came time to get to it, these budding foresters couldn’t wait to dig.
On this day, about a dozen sequoia trees have reached the soil, and Steve Duffy of the Presidio Trust says the forestry department plans to plant another 100 trees before the end of the year. “Growing up in the city might be a bit lacking in terms of nature to get the kids out of the local plants, the trees, so that we can all work together, and I think it’s very special,” Duffy said.
according to Save the Redwoods, more than 95% of natural redwood forests have been lost due to deforestation, wildfires and climate change.
For Melarch, these plantings are just the start. He hopes one day to replant millions of Sequoia wood around the world, using our youngest citizens to help sow the seeds for the largest forms of life and a healthier planet.
“We have recently planted thousands and thousands of these redwoods in the Seattle area,” Melarch said. “They live in England, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and British Columbia. And now schools are calling in saying we’re going to need more of these redwoods and sequoias because we want school kids to reforest there. And don’t be surprised in 10 years when you’re driving, these trees will reach In 10 years 30 or 40 feet.”
As the saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The meaning may not appear on these “tree teachers” yet, but they are proof that you’re not too young, or too old to have an impact, and even small hands can make a big difference.
Melarch’s message to the world: “I believe the entire world needs this message of hope. There is something every person on this earth can do to help reverse climate change. There are more than twenty three- and four-year-olds here today who have helped us do just that.” So, if a three- or four-year-old can do this, what is your excuse?”
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