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.