Outcry Saves Rare Redwood from Being Chopped Down

July 24, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Rare Redwood

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows the foliage of an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree in Cotati, Calif. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday, July 23, 2014 that the tree will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Beth Schlanker, file)

COTATI, Calif. (AP) — 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 Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1nXeyZm ) that the 52-foot-tall chimeric coast redwood in Cotati will be dug up next month.

It'll be 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.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com