Outcry saves rare US redwood from chopping

2014-07-25 20:04
Prue Draper, of the Cotati Historical Society, and Louise Santero stand next to an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree. ( Beth Schlanker, AP)

Prue Draper, of the Cotati Historical Society, and Louise Santero stand next to an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree. ( Beth Schlanker, AP)

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Cotati - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday that the 15.8m-tall chimeric coast redwood in Cotati will be dug up next month.

It will be moved about 137m near the east platform at Cotati station, where future riders of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit will have a view of the tree's gold, white and green hues.

Arborists say the 60-year-old tree is one of only a handful of coast redwoods that have both albino and normal foliage on the same branches.

A proposal by the railroad to chop it down infuriated residents and led to a campaign to save the redwood.
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