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.
The 19th annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend is expected to bring thousands of visitors to see the stately birds.
The Pacific Storm system brought some slight improvement to drought conditions in California and Nevada last week.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing more than $30 million to California and Nevada native tribes for water quality and environmental restoration projects.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.