Skip to comments.Rare redwood faces chopping block in Cotati (Feds chopping it down)
Posted on 03/14/2014 2:58:56 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
Standing inconspicuously beside a block wall across the street from a glass shop in Cotati is one of the rarest living life forms in the world, an albino chimera coast redwood tree.
Researchers say fewer than 10 of the genetically mutated trees are known to exist.
But if SMART's rail plans proceed, the tree the largest of its kind soon will be cut down so commuter trains can safely zoom past.
This tree is irreplaceable, said Tom Stapleton, a former Sonoma County arborist who is now based in Amador County and studies the rare mutations. They need to do something more than just cut it down.
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Because it is the govt doing the chopping?
Where’s Jerry Brown?
Immovable liberal object meets irresistible liberal force.
I would not cut this tree down.
“Because it is the govt doing the chopping? “
Only if it is a left wing Marxist government. Then it is part of dear leader’s glorious revolution.
I would not either.
But why do the Feds get a pass from the left wing loons? Why aren’t they chaining themselves to the tree?
It’s a damn tree. Cut it down...Plant 2 new trees. Geez...we’re obsessed.
The Feds get a pass because the left wing loons see them as kindred spirits....fellow travelers.
I am sickened by their hypocrisy.
Perhaps you missed the point where there are fewer than 10 left.
cut down all 10 of them and it’s no longer a problem!
to the leftists the tree is nothing as long as everyone rides a commuter and eliminates their car!
Some of these trees are likely producing cones and therefore should be able to propagate.
Obama and his wife need new chairs and tables for their house. Maybe some paneling as well.
“....fewer than 10 left.”
It’s a genetic defect. More will come along randomly. It is not a question of a population being wiped out and a species going extinct.
You obviously haven’t read the 43rd Amendment, which empowers the Federal Government to get involved with all plant life.
Some trees are more special than others.
Take cuttings and reproduce it exactly. It’s fairly easy. I did it for 23yrs in my ag/hort business. Cone seed don’t always come true to the parent lineage - there are genetic variations - but cuttings and root division always do.
And the tree can be moved.
Many years ago, we were faced with Dutch Elm Disease. One stand was found...and it appeared to be pretty healthy. Our local famed arborist treated them...and....voila....they all died. The arborist himself told the story at a "rather private" seminar I attended.
Thanks for the info.
I have lived a long time but try to learn something every day.
This morning I learned that there are albino trees. I was not aware that there could be albino plants.
Skeptic that I am, I wonder if it is true.?
After more closely reading the *.pdf file, it looks like this is a meristem/lab production issue; the cuttings of albinos didn’t make it due to lack of chlorophyll in cells. Looks like it going to be a cone/seed reproduction situation, instead of simple cuttings, after all. I did meristem production with orchids, back in the 80s, and was very successful. This is a different can of worms. Usually, Redwood cuttings are easy.
I’ve propagated partially-albino (variegated) plants, but never plants with full albinism. That poses a whole unique set of problems since most are parasites from a host plant, which feeds them sugars. This is fascinating.
7:52am and the Rush “Update Minute” has this story on WSBA, in York! It’s a “bi-racial tree”! LOL!
With as many private projects stopped dead because of tree hugger concerns, making their beloved train a victim of their own passions is a rueful justice.
SAVE THE TREE!! SAVE THE TREE!!
I found an Elm Beetle-resistant Ulmus Americana years ago on a customer’s property, and took every seedling the tree dropped, grew them on and gave away over 500 saplings (8-10ft) to re-populate the county. They had a natural genetic resistance to the virus. BTW, the “Dutch Elm Disease” was misnamed; the Dutch were helping us find a cure, which didn’t happen. But the disease was wrongly attributed to them. It was a European Elm bark beetle, from Asia.
What’s with the albino worship?? All mutants...It happens
They have planted smaller leafed trees like Little Leaf Linden which is also salt resistant I believe.
Thanks for your info.
the left isn’t going crazy since they value union jobs over tree hugging
why they can’t just reroute the track is beyond me
Back in the 50s & early-60s, our Family lived in Arling Hts, IL, and we had American Elms on our 3.5ac property, as well as the canopy covering the streets. All gone now.
In the 70s/80s, the Zelkova serrata (Russian Elm) was introduced to ‘replace’ the American Elm, but it too had its problems, though it is in widespread use today.
The Tilia cordata (Linden) is a nice, durable street/pkg lot tree, but more of an ornamental rather than a massive shade tree, like the Elms. The summer blooms are a Jap Beetle magnet - they can defoliate an entire tree - and a problem unless pre-treated for the beetle infestation.
“Arling Hts, IL”
Arlington Heights, IL
This sounds like something right out of Atlas Shrugged.
It's not a matter of there only being 10 left. It's just a mutation of an existing species. a hundred (or thousand) years from now, there will still probably be 10 of them.