This story is too good not to share. Here is the link to a very inspiring organization. http://blog.ancienttreearchive.org/?p=398 Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a not for profit whose mission is to collect and archive ancient tree genetics from the wild.
ADVENTURE! TRAVEL! SEX!
I’m Leslie, one of the Founders, and I’m just back from planting the most important native tree species for cleaning the water and soil, the Black Willow or Salix nigra, on all of the Great Lakes from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean. It was lovely getting out from behind a desk and out into the fresh air, water and earth!
We at Archangel clone and propagate ancient trees in order to preserve the best and oldest of the species. While preserving the trees’ genetic traits in the Archive is primarily what we do, the ultimate goal is to get the offspring planted in the ground to go back to work doing what the trees do best—oxygenating Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, providing medicines to the natural world, holding the soil and cleaning the water. Since our trees are the proven survivors, we hope they have plenty of tree sex as well so their offspring strengthen the weakened forests of the world.
Last year we decided to grow 40,000 clones of the National Champion Black Willow to sell to help support our cause. They were the species that could be grown quickly enough to be ready to plant by 2011. Now they’re dormant, have rooted the soil in their pots and are ready to be planted. Oh no! Where are the customers? As it turns out we’re better at cloning and propagating than marketing and selling. So, dear readers, we need your help to plant these trees before the ground freezes hard. If our supporters will plant them, we will give them away!
I decided I had better be the first to plant some to make sure they would be growing on each of the Great Lakes by spring. On Sunday September 17, I loaded the 4’ tall trees in trays of 4” pots into my truck and took off alone. Driving along I realized I was out of my comfort zone…I’m a grey-haired lady with a shovel, some potting soil and a map of Michigan. Where was I going? Who would help me? There’s a place sacred to me from my childhood that wasn’t far. I started there.
Then off I drove guided by some inner compass, to the gas station. Looking at my map, a guy asked if he could help. Well, yes, have you heard of the Black Willow? And it went like that everywhere. A lady who had recently lost her husband will have her grandchildren water them for Grandpa, motel owners put them on their beach, a fellow and his niece visiting in Grand Marais each took one to plant over in the thumb on Lake Huron, the waitresses from the diner promised to plant and care for them. 500 miles rotated on the odometer in three days in the Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan watershed. The trees were in the ground.
Next trip, off to Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean with my coworker, Byrdie. Check upcoming newsletters for the next installment!
Meanwhile, consider joining me in the simple and positive act of planting one of Archangel Ancient Tree Archives’ willows for the health of our planet. Call the office today @ 231-929-4800 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! Leslie
biophilia- a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature
“We live in an age in which it is easy to email Buenos Aires, and browse the internet from the Grand Canyon. We could just dial in from whatever sylvan spot appeals to our biophilia.” — From an article by Edward L Glaeser in The Independent [UK], March 23, 2011