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Rare California redwood is saved

  • A flatbed truck carries a rare chimeric coast redwood tree to its new home after it was lifted from its location along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Tran...

    Christopher Chung / Associated Press

    A flatbed truck carries a rare chimeric coast redwood tree to its new home after it was lifted from its location along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit tracks near East Cotati Avenue on Thursday in Cotati, Calif. The tree has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down.

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  • A flatbed truck carries a rare chimeric coast redwood tree to its new home after it was lifted from its location along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Tran...

    Christopher Chung / Associated Press

    A flatbed truck carries a rare chimeric coast redwood tree to its new home after it was lifted from its location along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit tracks near East Cotati Avenue on Thursday in Cotati, Calif. The tree has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down.

COTATI, Calif. — 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.
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