Redwood Grove to be Planted in Laurelhurst Park
The ten saplings awaiting planting are only about 18 inches high now. Yet locked away in their genetics is towering potential. They’re coast redwood trees, cloned from California’s iconic giants. They will be planted in Laurelhurst Playfield as part of an effort to expand the redwood’s footprint around Puget Sound. Laurelhurst Elementary School students from three kindergartens and three 3rd grade classes will be planting the trees on Nov 17, 2017 at 9 AM.
Seattle is one of 30 communities that is receiving redwood saplings through the program Moving the Giants to Puget Sound. More than 300 of the redwoods will be planted in the region as part of the effort. The work is a way to preserve the genetics of the redwood tree and its environmental value. It’s also preserving the experience of stepping into a redwood grove, which is akin to walking into Nature’s Cathedral.
The saplings came to Seattle from California via the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a Michigan non-profit dedicated to preserving the world’s old-growth trees. After Archangel crews snip cuttings from the tops of existing redwood trees and stumps, the cuttings are taken back to Michigan where they are cleaned and treated to promote growth and readied for planting.
Each of the saplings is an exact genetic copy of its ancient “parent” tree. Two of the Laurelhurst saplings came from the Fieldbrook tree, a massive redwood that measured about 32 feet across at it base. Although the tree was felled in 1890, its stump still produces sprouts. If the Fieldbrook tree were alive today, it would rival the General Sherman tree as the largest tree on earth.
The redwood trees will be planted by 24 kindergarteners and third graders from Laurelhurst Elementary which is just across the street from the park where the trees will be planted at the corner of NE 45th St and 45th Ave NE.
Climate Justice Ambassadors from Plant for the Planet visited the school on Nov 13 to make a presentation to an assembly of kindergarteners and third graders. The students were so excited. It was so much fun.
|Four Climate Justice Ambassadors from Plant for the Planet play the role of the Lorax from Dr. Seuss. Three kindergarten and three third grade classes from Laurelhurst Elementary respond enthusiastically.|
Laurelhurst Park Planting Day arrives, 11-17-17
I wish to acknowledge Alexa Stanton for her marvelous video and photographs and also Mary Alison Haskin for her exceptional photographic contributions. A heartfelt thanks to both of them.