Conservation: Reprieve for the Redwoods

The giant redwood tree, which grows only in the foggy climes of Northern California and Oregon, is one of the world's oldest and largest plants. Yet it is more than a plant and more than a relic. With huge trunks soaring hundreds of feet into the sky, a forest of Sequoia sempervirens is a life unto itself, binding a despoiled planet to its pristine past. As California Naturalist Duncan McDuffie said: "To enter a grove of redwoods is to step within the portals of a cathedral more beautiful and more serene than any...

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