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Rare California redwood saved from ax is replanted in Cotati

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POSTED August 8, 2014 8:15 p.m.

COTATI  (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the 52-foot-tall chimeric coast redwood in Cotati was dug up Thursday with help from a huge crane.

It was moved about 450 feet near the east platform at Cotati station, where future riders of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit will have a view of the tree’s gold, white and green hues.

Arborists say the 60-year-old tree is one of only a handful of coast redwoods that have both albino and normal foliage on the same branches.

A proposal by the railroad to chop it down infuriated residents and led to a campaign to save the redwood.

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