Ten coast redwood saplings were delivered to Sammamish on January 12, 2017.
“Thanks to all the volunteers who came out today to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a day of community service. Besides removing the usual blackberries and mulching our plants, we had the joy of participating in a special tree planting event. An arborist in Michigan, David Milarch, leads Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to continue working towards his vision of replanting the earth with the genetics of the world’s remaining ancient forests before they disappear. Currently, only 5% of these ancient coast redwood trees are still alive in CA. and southern OR. In 2013, he took cuttings from basal sprouts of coast redwood tree stumps in CA and brought them into his green house and propagated them via cloning. The results are 300 coast redwoods that he recently donated to 26 communities in the Seattle area. All have the same genetic material of the “mother” stump. Sammamish was able to receive 10. 7 were planted today at Ebright Creek Park and later this week when the rest of the ground thaws, the remaining 3 will be planted together in the park. They have the potential to live 3,000 years or more and grow 4′ wide in 50 years. A post will follow with a great 10 min video about the project and further details.”