A nonprofit organization that clones some of the world's oldest and largest trees has donated hundreds of them this month for Earth Day and Arbor Day plantings.
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is growing thousands of genetic copies of "champion trees" at its propagation facility in Copemish. Among them are clones of the oldest and largest coast redwoods and giant sequoias.
Students at the Interlochen Center for the Arts planted 26 of the clones. Oryana Natural Foods Market in Traverse City distributed 1,200 cloned champion willows and dogwoods, while Northwestern Michigan College gave away 250.
Champion tree plantings also took place in Brandon, Ore., the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and at Pippingford Manor and Tamworth in the United Kingdom.