|The 400-year-old tree in Jack London State Park|
Crazy ass environmentalists want to cut down a 400 year old
tree because a branch might fall down someday.
(The Union) - A centuries-old oak tree that provided shade and inspiration to writer and adventurer Jack London when he lived in Sonoma County will be allowed to stand for a little longer after lab tests showed it is healthier than California park officials originally thought.
The decaying oak was scheduled to be taken down as a safety precaution last month because it is infected with a fungal disease. Officials at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen worried that a branch could fall off and injure a visitor or damage the cottage where London lived and wrote from 1905 until his death in 1916.
The operative words are could fall. The tree might go on for another 50 years giving pleasure to thousands of people. But the Green Police want to control every aspect of nature and kill the tree on their schedule rather than let nature take its course.
The end was so close that park rangers hosted several events this year to honor the tree, including a Native American blessing ceremony, a dramatic storytelling and having children harvest its acorns for replanting elsewhere.
But park boosters sought a reprieve, turning to a University of California, Berkeley expert in forest pathology who concluded that “Jack’s Oak” had another two to 10 years before it would have to be removed as long as it was regularly monitored. Three arborists had determined earlier that the tree was beyond saving.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Jack London Park Partners executive director Tjiska Van Wyk, whose group manages the 39-acre park that includes the cottage and the ruins of a house that was destroyed by fire in 1913.
“In the season of joy, we consider this a great gift.”
That tree could attack at any moment.
|California's Greatest Writer|
John Griffith "Jack" London (1876 – 1916) was born in San Francisco. London was an author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.
He is best remembered as the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.
He died on his ranch in Glen Ellen, California at the age of 40.