The awe-inspiring Redwoods along California’s coasts have been decimated over the past 2000 years and an estimated five percent is now all that remains.
Sequoia, or coast Redwoods are the tallest tree species on earth. They can reach up to 115 metres in height and nine metres in diameter.
They’re also among the oldest living things on the planet with some of them dating back an incredible 2000 years.
Initially these majestic giants occupied approximately 2 million acres, right up the coast of California from Big Sur to the southern parts of Oregon.
But since the gold rush in the 1850’s and subsequent logging activities, the Redwood forests of western America have rapidly shrunk and now just five percent of the original number remain.
Enter David Milarch, who has made it his life’s quest to help preserve these wonderful trees for future generations.
David’s adventure began in 1991 after he came close to dying from renal failure and he decided he wanted to make his mark in the world.
“I can’t understands all of it but I’ve been given some insights that help the average person understand why they are critically important,” he said.
“I feel tremendous sorrow that 95 percent of them were killed and we didn’t even know what they do to anchor our ability as human beings to live on this planet,” Milarch explained, also adding that he intends to “put back every single tree that was cut down and killed.”
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His plan has been to clone the Redwood species and to plant the new saplings in an area where they are likely to have a higher chance of survival.
Taking into account the specific conditions Redwoods need to thrive, and the fact that much of southern California is experiencing drought, the misty and rainy region of southern Oregon was selected.
As part of his project, David has involved children in helping plant the cloned Redwoods.
In closing, he says that “if we build a model and show the world what’s possible, and if we change our thinking to help Mother Nature and to work with Mother Nature and not completely destroy her, I think our great grandchildren and beyond will be grateful.”