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Rail Agency Halts Plans To Remove Rare Redwood

Cole Shatto / Wikimedia

Cole Shatto / Wikimedia

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.

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