University of Michigan students and faculty members partnered with Chiwara permaculture and Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to plant a dozen giant sequoia clones from champion old growth forest trees on the grounds of the U-M Nichols Arboretum on Arbor Day. The planting was a pilot research project in a scientific setting to study how to offset U-Ms carbon footprint with a permaculture based sequoia forest.
This project is to demonstrate a proposal to combat the University of Michigan's carbon emissions by planting old growth trees in a permaculture system and is envisioned to be a joint project between Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, Chiwara Permaculture and the University of Michigan. The project is part of the university's "Sustainability and the Campus" class, in which students form project teams and work with local stakeholders to complete sustainability projects related to University of Michigan. The project was proposed by Nathan Ayers, director of Chiwara Permaculture, and was backed by David Milarch of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.
The University of Michigan has set a public goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 25% below its 2006 levels by 2025. This goal has been elusive due to growth in size of the University. Currently, the University's goals do not include carbon sequestration in their calculations, but the goals are up for review in 2016 and could be altered to take this aspect into account.
Chiwara Permaculture L3C is a Michigan based research, education, design, and incubation firm. They focus on permaculture solutions in six main areas: Food, Energy, Water, Building, Transportation and Waste. They combine their research work with educational programs in pursuit of innovative solutions to community problems.
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that locates and propagates the world’s largest and most iconic trees. They are creating living libraries of old-growth tree genetics by cloning these old growth trees through traditional and advanced horticultural propagation for the purpose of future research and functional reforestation.