Trees can't outrun climate change. Should humans give them a lift?

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Assisted tree migration increasingly being considered as climate warms

While still somewhat controversial, as the extent and speed of climate change becomes clear, ‘assisted migration’ is increasingly being contemplated.

One tree at a time, David Saville has made it his life’s work to bring back West Virginia’s red spruce forests – and maybe help preserve the species hundreds of miles farther north while he’s at it. 

Last year, Saville spent weeks hiking up peaks like Panther Knob, Dolly Sods and Top of Allegheny to collect hundreds of pounds of the tree’s pinky-sized cones. At home in Morgantown, he kiln-dried and tumbled them to extract their seeds. Now they are tiny trees.  

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