I became interested in including the Milarchs and Champion Tree Project in A Life’s Work after I read that they had cloned the Methuselah tree, a Bristle Cone Pine that is the oldest known living thing on the planet. In my interview with Jared Milarch, he mentioned a tree that was known to be older than Methuselah. Here’s a snippet of the interview and some recently shot footage of Bristle Cone Pines. The Methuselah tree was not photographed or videotaped. In fact, its location is a secret known to very people.
Not so coincidentally, shortly after I returned from filming the trees my friend Starlee Kine hipped me to this Radiolab story about the Prometheus Tree, which according to the ring count (4,844 rings/years), was older than Methuselah. It starts around 14:50 seconds in, but the first segment is worth a listen as well.