Monday, January 09, 2017

Historic California Sequoia Collapses From Climate Change or a Rainstorm, But Mostly a Rainstorm

By William Teach

Did you hear this one?

(SF Gate) The historic Pioneer Cabin Tree, a former “drive-through” giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, was felled in California’s weekend storms.

The tree was hollowed out in the 1880s to allow tourists to pass through it, and even allowed cars, but more recently has hosted only hikers. It was part of the “Big Trees Trail” at the state park.

Jim Allday of Arnold is a volunteer at the park who was working there Sunday. He said the tree went down about 2 p.m. and “shattered” on impact.

So, of course, since all these storms are being blamed on ‘climate change’, we get this:

Yes, because there were no storms before Trump.

Read more at The Pirate's Cove.


clayusmcret said...

We did the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree.

Unknown said...

....and not because some yahoo hollowed out a whopping great hole in the trunk, of course.

Andrew_M_Garland said...

It "was one of California's few tunneled-through sequoias" remaining.

Duh! It seems that killing half of the support roots and removing half of the trunk strustural support has some effect on lifespan. Most other non-tunneled sequoias did not fall over. Most of the other tunneled trees have already fallen.

Notice that this tree fell in the direction of the tunnel, toward a side which had dead roots and no support. Sequoias have shallow root systems, about 4 feet deep. Killing its roots on one side of the tree creates a relatively unstable "saucer" to rest on.

Still, to me, 100 years of tourist interest and wonder is worth the "life" of a tree. Hey, it's a tree.