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 watch continues to see if El Niño conditions will develop to help ease California's drought. But so far, only a weak El Niño is expected.
(AP) -- California officials say they've found a way to pay for building the twin tunnels that would send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The City of Sacramento is moving closer to meeting a mandate for water meters at the city's 136,000 residences.
A coalition of California environmental, labor and business groups, and local government officials launched a campaign Thursday to fight an effort to overturn the statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
Critics claim the Nestlé water bottling plant is draining Sacramento's water supply and marking it up for profit at a time when the on-going drought is reducing supply.