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Rare redwood faces chopping block in Cotati (Feds chopping it down)
pressdemocrat.com ^

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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at pressdemocrat.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywoodhypocrites
Where are all of the left wing loons protesting this? Why isn't this making the evening news?

Because it is the govt doing the chopping?

1 posted on 03/14/2014 2:58:56 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Where’s Jerry Brown?


2 posted on 03/14/2014 3:02:37 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Immovable liberal object meets irresistible liberal force.

hmmm.


3 posted on 03/14/2014 3:05:23 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I would not cut this tree down.


4 posted on 03/14/2014 3:10:46 AM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“Because it is the govt doing the chopping? “
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Only if it is a left wing Marxist government. Then it is part of dear leader’s glorious revolution.


5 posted on 03/14/2014 3:11:39 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Bobalu

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?


6 posted on 03/14/2014 3:12:30 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

It’s a damn tree. Cut it down...Plant 2 new trees. Geez...we’re obsessed.


7 posted on 03/14/2014 3:13:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red in Blue PA

The Feds get a pass because the left wing loons see them as kindred spirits....fellow travelers.

I am sickened by their hypocrisy.


8 posted on 03/14/2014 3:15:00 AM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: Sacajaweau

Perhaps you missed the point where there are fewer than 10 left.


9 posted on 03/14/2014 3:15:23 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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!


10 posted on 03/14/2014 3:28:26 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Red in Blue PA

Some of these trees are likely producing cones and therefore should be able to propagate.


11 posted on 03/14/2014 3:29:40 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama and his wife need new chairs and tables for their house. Maybe some paneling as well.


12 posted on 03/14/2014 3:33:43 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“....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.


13 posted on 03/14/2014 3:33:51 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Red in Blue PA

http://www.mdvaden.com/documents/albino_redwoods_chimera.pdf


14 posted on 03/14/2014 3:36:11 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red in Blue PA

You obviously haven’t read the 43rd Amendment, which empowers the Federal Government to get involved with all plant life.


15 posted on 03/14/2014 3:40:13 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: Sacajaweau

Some trees are more special than others.


16 posted on 03/14/2014 3:56:40 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


17 posted on 03/14/2014 4:18:05 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Read Post 14....Tom Stapleton is more than likely making money off this and will in the future.

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.

18 posted on 03/14/2014 4:24:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: carriage_hill

http://blog.savetheredwoods.org/a-perspective-on-albino-redwoods/


19 posted on 03/14/2014 4:26:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: carriage_hill

Thanks for the info.


20 posted on 03/14/2014 4:28:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.?


21 posted on 03/14/2014 4:31:25 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


22 posted on 03/14/2014 4:38:51 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: bert

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.


23 posted on 03/14/2014 4:44:07 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
There are hundreds, if not thousands of variegated plant cultivars in production. Here's one Tsuga Canadensis (Canadian Hemlock 'Moon Frost') which isn't easy to propagate, but cutting success rate is 10-in-100, or so:


24 posted on 03/14/2014 4:49:29 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

7:52am and the Rush “Update Minute” has this story on WSBA, in York! It’s a “bi-racial tree”! LOL!


25 posted on 03/14/2014 4:52:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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!!


26 posted on 03/14/2014 4:55:46 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Sacajaweau

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_elm_disease


27 posted on 03/14/2014 5:13:19 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: bert

What’s with the albino worship?? All mutants...It happens


28 posted on 03/14/2014 5:14:54 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red in Blue PA

transplant it


29 posted on 03/14/2014 5:19:01 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: carriage_hill
The Elm trees lined our street creating an archway. Also huge chestnuts. "Exotic" birds were all over the place...orioles and blue jays and red winged blackbirds...along with the ordinary sparrows and robins etc.. They're all gone now except for the ordinary birds and pests like pigeons.

They have planted smaller leafed trees like Little Leaf Linden which is also salt resistant I believe.

Thanks for your info.

30 posted on 03/14/2014 5:24:02 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red in Blue PA

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


31 posted on 03/14/2014 5:24:09 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


32 posted on 03/14/2014 5:47:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

“Arling Hts, IL”

Arlington Heights, IL


33 posted on 03/14/2014 5:48:07 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
“We are just complying with safety regulations,” said Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit spokeswoman Carolyn Glendening. “It's a decision that's been made by federal regulators. It's not a discretionary matter. It's not a policy matter for the board. It's a safety matter.”

This sounds like something right out of Atlas Shrugged.

34 posted on 03/14/2014 6:35:27 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Perhaps you missed the point where there are fewer than 10 left.

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.

35 posted on 03/14/2014 6:58:04 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Here it is:


36 posted on 03/15/2014 1:11:13 PM PDT by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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