Field Notes: Planting Cloned Redwoods In A Clear-cut With Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Brad St. Clair, a tree geneticist with the research branch of the U.S. Forest Service and FES courtesy faculty, says a tree’s environment may have more of an impact on its size. “More likely, when you’re looking at an individual, the individual tallest tree or something, it was just luck,” he says. St. Clair says even if an individual tree does have a gene that helped it grow tall, that gene is not going to be very useful if the problem is climate change.