FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
Rare Redwood

A rare chimeric coast redwood tree is lifted from its location along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit tracks near East Cotati Avenue, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Cotati, Calif. The rare tree has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Christopher Chung)

U.S./World

Rare California redwood saved from ax is replanted

By From page A4 | August 09, 2014

COTATI — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the 52-foot-tall chimeric coast redwood in Cotati was dug up Thursday with help from a huge crane.

It was moved about 450 feet 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.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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