April 27, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 99

Group kicks off planting of ancient tree clones

COPEMISH (AP) — 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.

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Associated Press
This October 2011 photo provided by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive shows an unidentified person standing beside a coastal redwood tree near Crescent City, Calif., that is among dozens the group has cloned. The group hopes to plant thousands of genetic copies of the trees around the world.

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 took place Monday in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the U.S.

Although measuring...