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Moving the Giants

Moving the Giants

An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

In 1991, arborist David Milarch had a near-death experience that inspired a personal quest to reforest our planet. He would harvest the genetics of the world’s oldest trees, initiate tree-planting efforts to combat climate change, and help restore the planet’s health.

Remarkably, he has been doing just that. Moving the Giants follows one man, David Milarch, as he clones some of the world’s most ancient and largest living things – California’s coastal redwoods — and replants them in Oregon. This effort serves two purposes. First, as the planet warms and conditions for these redwoods change in their southernmost range, it is likely that many of these trees will die; by cloning and replanting them further north in places where they once thrived but have been clearcut, Milarch will preserve these majestic giants. Second, redwood trees are among the most effective carbon sequestration tools in the world.

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