Only a seedling when transplanted by Muir from the rugged Sierra Nevada to his East Bay orchard in the 1880s, the giant sequoia is now fatally infected.
But a campaign has begun to perpetuate the storied tree, through a painstaking process of cloning. While Muir’s plant will die, its replica could live on — continuing a cultural legacy on the grounds of what is now the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez.
“It is a visible, tangible, living link to the past — Muir and his life and his stories,” said arborist Keith Park of the historic site, who climbed 30 feet up the tree to trim cuttings to clone. “It has succeeded, to a point. But it is sick.” >>Continue Reading<<