The irony is inescapable —
technology, that which was at the heart of the demise of the
primordial forests of the world, is coming to their rescue.
Gen-Go-Life, a state of the industry tree cloning company is hard at
work saving our natural heritage — one tree at a time.
Recently, Woodworker’s Journal sat
down with Mary Annette Woodin, GGLs primary spokesperson, to get the
no strings attached story of this green corporate megaliths
WWJ: So Mary, tell us what is at
the heart of this technological enterprise. Why is this important?
M.A. Woodin: “Think of the
famous trees of history. There is the cherry tree that George
Washington chopped down, the Wishing Tree and there is, are — many,
many other old famous dead trees as well. Some dead, some alive —
others, well it is hard for us to tell, but anyway. And that’s
just it. Our goal is to clone those trees, some long dead, and to
bring them back. In fact, using our technology, we could create whole
forests of “Washington” cherry trees for example, harvest them
for lumber and then sell that lumber for a pretty penny!”
WWJ: Okay, so I am a little
confused, is this an effort to help the environment or is it a money
M.A. Woodin: “Oh gee, a
corporation out to make money, don’t be silly. We’re a green
company, with green goals and if you were to ask any employee, they
would say the same thing! It all about being green for us …”
WWJ: That is so great, it really
is about improving the environment!
M.A Woodin: “Well, yes —
absolutely! We have teams of volunteer high school students wandering
around the mountains of Northern California right now, collecting the
genetic material from thousands of mighty Redwood trees. With that
genetic material, the future of the Sequoia species is secure.”
WWJ: So you can modify that
material so that the trees will grow more quickly … so the harvest
will be sustainable?
W.A. Woodin: “Um, no. We
can’t do anything like that. They will still take just as long to
grow as they always did.”
WWJ: Just as long?
M.A. Woodin: “Yup.”
WWJ: Thousands of years?
M.A. Woodin: “Yes, that’s
WWJ: As long as if you were to
… say, plant sequoia seeds?
M.A. Woodin: “Ah, that would
technically be correct …”
WWJ: Okay. So, Ms Woodin, what
other “environmentally friendly” programs does Gen-Go-Life have
in its bag of tricks?
M.A. Woodin: “Well, in truth,
that about sums up our goals. As I said we are green, green, green!”
WWJ: Well, thank you for the
interview. Do you have any final thoughts you’d like to share with
the eZine readers?
M.A. Woodin: “Nope, I think
that about says it all. Did I mention that we are a green company?”
WWJ: Yes, yes you did. You do
know that the Wishing Tree is a made up tree from a children’s book
M.A. Woodin: “Huh?”
WWJ: Never Mind!