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A seedling propagated from the 4,770-year-old "Methuselah" bristlecone pine in California is being presented by the Champion Tree Project to the Washington National Cathedral.

The Champion Tree Project International presented offspring from two of the oldest-known trees in the world to the Washington National Cathedral and the National Institutes of Health at the Land Development Breakthroughs Conference at the Washington D.C. Convention Center on December 14th. These precious holiday trees will be Christmas gifts to the organizations and the world.

A seedling from the 4,770 year old "Methuselah" Bristlecone Pine, the oldest-known living conifer "Christmas Tree" on Earth, will be gifted to the Washington National Cathedral for eventual planting on their 59 acres of grounds, which includes a remnant old growth forest. According to Dede Petri, President of the All Hallows Guild which is the guardian of the grounds, "We are most interested in adding a "Methuselah" pine to our collection - not only because of its wonderful horticultural attributes and history, but also because of its unmistakable relevance to this sacred place."

The first successful clone of the "Hippocrates Tree" at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will also be announced. This historic tree came from the very Sycamore tree under which Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, is said to have conducted his classes in Greece some 25 centuries ago. NIH has earned high praise from experts for their state-of-the-art Urban Forest Conservation Plan which serves as a model for watershed restoration. According to NIH's long-time chief of grounds maintenance and landscaping, Lynn Mueller, "The reforestation of the creek and upland areas here is unique for a government agency facility and can serve as a model for other institutional settings."

Champion Tree Project International (CTPI) has a mission to lead society towards sustainability by preserving, propagating and planting a living legacy of Champion Trees - the largest and oldest individual trees of their species. CTPI is focusing on using exact genetic duplicates of outstanding individual trees to restore watersheds across the country to demonstrate the importance of preserving the biodiversity of our old growth trees to rebuilding sustainable community forests of the future. CTPI's president and co-founder David Milarch says,

"With 98% of our old growth forest now gone, isn't it time to put a team together to put it back?"

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