This is the first clone of a giant sequoia planted by conservationist John Muir in the 1880s on his homestead in Martinez, Calif. (David Milarch / Archangel Ancient Tree Archive)
Horticulturists announced they had successfully cloned a genetic replica of an ailing 130-year-old giant sequoia planted by conservationist John Muir in the 1880s on his ranch in Martinez, Calif.
If all goes according to plan, the first clone nurtured in a Michigan laboratory will be shipped within a year to California for planting at Muir’s homestead, which is now a national historic site about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco, said David Milarch, cofounder of the nonprofit Archa
Muir, regarded as the father of the modern conservation movement, returned from a Sierra Nevada trip with the original seedling wrapped in a damp handkerchief. He planted the specimen beside a carriage house on his family’s Martinez fruit ranch.
Today, the sequoia is 70 feet tall and dying of an airborne fungus.
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