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(Port Orford, OR – May 28, 2016) Planetary Emissions Management, Inc. and non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive announced a partnership integrating innovative forest carbon measurement and environmental financial products with genetics of the largest trees on Earth. Saplings of cloned giant sequoia and coast redwood will be planted with ensembles of complementary tree species to explore resilience to climate change predicted for the area over the next 100 years. The approach will be replicated in diverse forest ecosystems in the US and around the world through our Forest Carbon Legacy Initiative. The first test of this unique technology combination will be conducted at Ocean Mountain Ranch in the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area, where the world’s first cloned champion coast redwood and giant sequoia grove was successfully planted in December of 2012.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive co-founder David Milarch is the subject of the recent book by New York Times science reporter Jim Robbins entitled The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet. “What will you say when your grandchildren ask if you did anything to fight global warming and restore the Earth? We all need an answer to this question. Now is the time. Champion trees combined with new advanced technologies are the answer,” he remarked. Planting trees to curb the rise of atmospheric CO2 has reached global consciousness and is universally accepted as a safe and practical way to restore nature by planetary citizens. Now, new emphasis is being placed on champion trees as symbols and attractors of new forest carbon accounting technologies and larger ecological and social features culminating in the design of customized forests to reduce the impacts of local climate change.

PEM CEO Bruno D.V. Marino added: “Climate change impacts on communities present a compelling case for widespread planting of selected tree species with cloned Champion trees–we have to think outside of the box to get ahead of extreme weather events that appear to be increasing in frequency and severity as a result of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.” PEM is testing its patented large scale commercial forest carbon sensor system capable of measuring the carbon sequestration dynamics of the experimental forest in relation to a variety of environmental factors. The PEM analyzer, under development, will quantify flux for three species of carbon dioxide, 12C, 13C and 14C, in forest air and use the data to create innovative verified forest carbon products for sale to the public. Recent studies suggesting that redwoods and sequoias are powerful sinks for CO2 even at ages of over 1,000 years point to needed research aimed at understanding the carbon metabolism of young champion trees and their potential for carbon sequestration going forward. The joint partnership between Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, Planetary Emissions Management and Ocean Mountain Ranch show that collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to explore solutions to climate change are possible and needed to develop practical and economical solutions to climate change at the local level.

Anthropogenic induced climate change offers simple opportunities for the public to assist in the mitigation of climate change impacts on society. “The Ocean Mountain Ranch demonstration combines Archangel’s cloned giant trees with local species and PEM’s measurement technology to shape the forest of the future and while we stress this is an experiment, all species are natural and not genetically modified,” added Marino. The approach will be expanded across the US and the planet in ecologically favorable areas to assist the migration of the species during coming climate change. The project sheds light on options for state and county officials to consider anew the revenue potential for existing and future forestland based on new measurement to monetization approaches such as offered by PEM. The results of the planned experiment are expected to provide new data on the carbon sequestration capacity of forest mosaics including the very large champion trees such as coast redwoods and giant sequoias.

Ocean Mountain Ranch project manager Terry Mock is overseeing the development of a sustainable carbon-negative project to demonstrate how landowners can be provided with incentives to re-grow old growth forests and remarked: “Developing champion tree ‘super groves’ and implementing the kind of monitoring and financial technology that this experiment will test is fundamentally essential in order to scale up global reforestation.”

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Planetary Emissions Management Inc. (www.pem-carbon.com; www.pemforest.com) is an early stage GHG services company offering unique measurement, data and financial services for diverse stakeholders. PEM is developing patented instrumentation and methods to measure and monetize carbon emissions reductions.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (www.ancienttreearchive.org) is a Michigan-based non-profit organization working on an urgent global mission to replace the trees that once served as our environmental filters. We collect, propagate and archive in living libraries, the genetics of uniquely effective ancient Champion Trees from around the globe before they are gone. We are planting them to reforest the Earth to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive – including sequestering carbon dioxide – a global warming solution. Only together can we mount an effort to preserve a livable future for our children and our grandchildren.

Ocean Mountain Ranch (http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/worlds-first-planting-of-a-champion-redwood-sequoia-forest) is a model mixed-use sustainable eco-forestry project overlooking the southern Oregon coast that is implementing a forest stewardship plan to meet the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area’s environmental, social, and economic needs by using ecosystem-based natural resource management best practices.

The Forest Legacy Carbon Initiative (www.pem-forest.com/Legacy Initiative) is a unique opportunity to support land conservation and management by directly valuing the sequestration of atmospheric carbon by diverse land types. The benefits to landowners are many including a new source of revenue to support land management and or land trust goals, realizing related goals of ecosystem service preservation and/or restoration, enhancing biodiversity and natural beauty, and increasing community involvement through educational programs.

“The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth.”

–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin