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The legend of California naturalist John Muir has achieved immortality. With luck, so will his one special tree.

Arborist looks to clone tree planted by John Muir

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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