When a tree falls in the forest, everyone loses
California has numerous state and national parks dedicated to the preservation of some of the largest, tallest and oldest trees on earth. From the Giant Sequoias of Sequoia National Park to the old coast redwoods of Muir Woods across the bay from San Francisco, these forests were placed under government protection as natural resources, but have nonetheless become iconic tourist destinations in their own right as cultural assets. Recently, an extremely violent storm felled the famous "Pioneer Cabin Tree" in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in central California. This tree was perhaps most known for the tunnel that had been carved through it in the 1880s.
By Erin McCann
The New York Times
January 2, 2017