By Lisa M. Krieger
The legend of California naturalist John Muir has achieved immortality. With luck, so will his one special tree.
Only a seedling when transplanted by Muir from the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains 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.
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