Redwoods cloned from giants in Coastal California are being planted in communities around Puget Sound to help preserve the species as the climate changes.

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Saplings cloned from giant redwood trees in California are getting a new home in the Puget Sound area, starting with five planted amid song and ceremony this Saturday in Seattle.

Young people with Plant for the Planet Seattle, a nonprofit, youth-run climate-change group, will snug the saplings into the ground at Jefferson Park — just the first of 300 redwoods that will be planted around 26 Puget Sound communities through winter and into early spring.

The goal is to help the species of towering trees survive as climate change and drought challenge California.

To learn more, go to the Moving the Giants to Puget Sound Facebook page

Source: Seattle Parks

The saplings were grown by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a Michigan nonprofit saving the genetics of ancient trees by cloning and planting.

In addition to the planting, the kids will sing a song they composed for the event: “Be Like a Tree.”

Philip Stielstra of Seattle, retired from Boeing, helped instigate the planting. He was one of the first of the city’s tree ambassadors, a brigade of volunteers dedicated to tree stewardship and planting enough trees to restore Seattle’s tree canopy to 30 percent of the city’s area, from approximately 23 percent today.

Stielstra received the redwood saplings earlier this month and has put them in a greenhouse at the park, where they await planting in communities from Auburn to Bainbridge Island, Olympia, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place and more.

The saplings were cloned from some of the largest and oldest redwood trees on earth, Stielstra said. “The wow factor is the redwoods,” Stielstra said. “People simply love them. And we are really trying to celebrate trees, and putting more of them in communities around Puget Sound.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave S., at the southwest corner of South Spokane Street and Beacon Avenue South. It is free and open to the public.