It’s an unusual sight: a green sapling grown in the middle of a forest and sitting on top of an old-growth tree, its roots splayed and swaying to the breeze.
It’s a feat of engineering.
It took three decades to complete the feat, but now the sapling has grown to a remarkable size.
The new Redwood Tree in New York is the first in the country to be planted under a canopy of old-fashioned redwood trees, an experiment that’s drawing praise from conservationists.
The tree was planted on the shores of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the Hudson River, and it will grow until its stem is almost six feet long, or 10 feet wide, with roots reaching about a foot from the ground.
In the next two years, the trees will begin to spread out across the landscape, growing in size and reaching up to 2 feet in height.
The trees were planted in the mid-1980s, when they were in a very different state of development from the tree in the photo above.
The first redwoods were planted near the shores at the mouth, and were planted with a very low density of seeds.
The plants were so small, they didn’t take root, so they were replanted from seed in old-age areas.
It was a pretty good way to get the first redwood into the ground, said Bill Oehlke, executive director of the Redwood Conservancy, which planted the trees along Lake Ontario.
The saplings were planted on top, which meant they could be planted at the base of a tree, and not interfere with the growth of a mature tree.
They are in their prime and the trees are thriving.
They’re about six feet high, which means they can withstand the stresses that you would expect from an old tree, said Greg Johnson, an associate professor at Penn State and the director of Penn State’s Woodland Institute.
“You can see the trees themselves in the pictures that I’ve taken with the tree, as well as the surrounding landscape, which is beautiful,” Johnson said.
The result is a forest that’s rich with biodiversity, he said.
And in the years to come, the saplings will have to contend with climate change.
“If you’re planting the tree now, it’s a pretty big threat,” Johnson told The Associated Press.
“Climate change will put a lot of stress on these trees, and I don’t think we have a good idea how many years we can put off that until we get to a point where we can stop them from growing and they’re in better shape.”
He said the new trees will not be planted near water, but in areas that are close to it, so the trees can withstand storm surges and other storms.
They will be planted on land that is not yet cleared for agriculture, like farmland.
“The tree will still grow, but it will be smaller and less productive,” Johnson added.
The Oak Grove sapling is not the first tree to have been planted under an old growth canopy, said Andrew Rood, a plant ecologist at the University of California, Davis.
A large redwood tree in California was planted under the same canopy in the late 1980s.
But the Oak Grove was planted in an area where there was little water and was not used for farming.
The green saplings are planted on a tree farm near San Francisco, California.
It has been planted since 2009.
A second green sapler, a large blue-green sapling, was planted near Yosemite National Park in California last year.
But both saplers were planted only in the southern half of the forest, so there is little moisture there to support them.
“It’s not like a big tree that’s sitting in a lake,” Johnson explained.
The Green Revolution was pioneered in the 1960s by the forestry company American Pines, which brought the concept to Europe.
“We really wanted to see how we could scale this up, and we started planting trees in the United States in the early 1980s,” Johnson recalled.
“There were about 40 trees planted in California, so we decided to plant 10 more in New Jersey and Florida, and that was the beginning of the green revolution.”
The New York tree was the first one to be placed in the New Jersey-Florida region, but Johnson said the company is now planning a larger experiment to grow the tree further west.
“I would be shocked if we don’t have another tree planted by 2019,” he said, predicting a dozen new trees in his lifetime.
He said more trees are being planted every year because the climate is changing, and the forests are getting drier.
The Redwood Sapling in New Zealand’s New Zealand is planted on farmland near Christchurch, New Zealand.
It is planted in a different climate, but still stands out as a unique green sapled.
The forest that is planted is a very old-style redwood forest,