Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down

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FILE - In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Prue Draper, left, of the Cotati Historical Society, and Louise Santero, a longtime Cotati resident, stand next to an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree near a railroad track in Cotati, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Beth Schlanker, file)

FILE – In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Prue Draper, left, of the Cotati Historical Society, and Louise Santero, a longtime Cotati resident, stand next to an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree near a railroad track in Cotati, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Beth Schlanker, file)

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

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the 52-foot-tall chimeric coast redwood in Cotati will be dug up next month.

It’ll be 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.

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows the foliage of an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree in Cotati, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Beth Schlanker, file)

FILE – This March 11, 2014 file photo shows the foliage of an extremely rare chimeric coast redwood tree in Cotati, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Beth Schlanker, file)

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