The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials announced the decision Thursday, bowing to public pressure to save the chimeric coast redwood in Cotati.
Arborists say the tree is one of only a handful of coast redwoods that have both albino and normal foliage on the same branches.
SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian says the agency will consult more experts before deciding what to do with the unique redwood. It had been scheduled for removal, possibly within a month, to make room for a planned commuter train.
Some arborists are working on a plan to move the 52-foot-tall tree to another location.
An estimated 60,000 people will take part in California's biggest one day volunteer effort on Sept. 20, and anyone can participate.
El Niño is not expected to end the California drought but ‘atmospheric rivers’ might help.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's shade tree program has been around for 25 years. In spite of the drought, the utility says it will continue to fund the program for at least another two years because of the benefits trees provide.
Environmental groups say the recent California Legislative session was a big win for coastal protection, clean water among other issues.