Rare mutant redwood to be chopped down to make way for railroad

Matthew says: "An extremely rare albino chimero coast redwood tree is growing in the small Sonoma County town of Cotati. Federal regulators say the tree must be chopped down because the genetically mutated redwood is too close to a proposed set of new railroad tracks. Preservationists are hoping to raise public awareness and save the tree. The tree is believed to be one of fewer than 10 albino chimero redwood trees in the world."

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  1. IMB says:

    It's difficult to see from the photo and the article didn't seem to address it, but why can't the tracks be shifted away from the tree? I understand they are looking to move the tree, but then its survival may be ify.

  2. "Chopping down rare redwood trees to make way for railroads" is so 1885.

  3. I just don't understand the talk of taking clippings or moving the tree. Why is it that the rail is impossible to move?

  4. Devil's advocate argument: any sizable detour would increase both the resources required for constructing the track and the carbon footprint of every train that used it, so the overall environmental impact of each option is worth consideration.

    But yeah. I still hope it doesn't get cut down.

  5. This tree has been growing next to these tracks for a very long time, without the need to move either one. It seems that bringing commuter rail to the town, means a more stringent set of safety precautions. This is the safety of humans riding the train, mind you, not the safety of any other organisms nearby.

    The sensible thing to do, would be to write a safety mitigation for the tree, to make sure its foliage doesn't interfere with the tracks, and that it doesn't fall down on the tracks or on a train. Given its rarity, I'm sure someone could come forward and make such a promise stick.

    But this isn't financial regulation, so I doubt an exception will be made for this. If Obama can pardon a turkey, maybe he could free a tree?

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