- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

COTATI, Calif. (AP) - Transit officials in Northern California have suspended plans to remove a rare redwood tree to make way for planned railway tracks.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/Oqq71f) reports that Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials announced the decision Thursday, bowing to public pressure to save the chimeric coast redwood in Cotati.

Arborists say the tree is one of only a handful of coast redwoods that have both albino and normal foliage on the same branches.

SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian says the agency will consult more experts before deciding what to do with the unique redwood. It had been scheduled for removal, possibly within a month, to make room for a planned commuter train.

Some arborists are working on a plan to move the 52-foot-tall tree to another location.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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