Enormous giant sequoia cross section reveals a fascinating history
In Calaveras Big Trees State Park, an enormous cross section from a 1,223-year-old fallen giant sequoia now reveals a fascinating history of fires, drought, and injuries. Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks, and Calaveras Big Trees Association opened the Pioneer’s Cabin Tree interpretive exhibit in the North Grove in July 2022, after storms toppled the tree in 2017.
In the 1880s, the former owners of the North Grove squared off a fire scar in the tree, creating tunnel that became a tourist attraction. The cross section or “cookie” and two interpretive panels are displayed at a kiosk next to the visitor’s center.
A third interpretive panel is next to the Pioneer’s Cabin Tree itself.
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