A storm storm knocks down the tunnel tree »Pioneer Cabin Tree»

You may have ever seen a Giant Sequoia that had its trunk hollowed out a bit so that people could walk through it. As well. This beautiful specimen, known as Pioneer Cabin Tree, who grew up in Calaveras County Park in California, is no longer there.

An intense storm, the worst to hit the area in decades, has brought it down. But why?

It seems that Having a superficial root system as well as the tunnel that was made to the trunk had a lot to do with it. Park volunteer Jim Allday, from Arnold, California, said that when he left Sunday afternoon the trail was literally a river. If it had been another species, adapted to living on riverbanks, or if nothing had been done to its trunk, it would probably still be standing.

The heavy rains that fell were enough to destroy a specimen that represented Calaveras County Park for centuries. A real shame. Allday added:

I could see the tree on the ground, it looked like it was lying in a pond or lake with a river running through it.

His wife, Joan, told San Francisco Chronicle which the tree had been weak for years, and that he had even started to lean to one side.

He was barely alive, there was a live branch on top.

Image - Facebook / Calaveras Big Trees

But it was very fragile, and had already started to get up, which indicates that the specimen was losing the fight for life.

A Facebook post from the Calaveras Big Trees Association on Sunday afternoon had more than 800 comments from people saying goodbye to the historic Giant Sequoia and sharing photos of it. One user said:

Nature gave us this beautiful tree and Mother Nature took it from us. It was nice to see him in person.

The sequoia, in the year 1885. Image - Twitter @HdAnchiano

A lost gem.


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  1.   Antonio said

    What a pity

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Yes it is.

      1.    ADENIS CASANOVA said

        One more sample of the harmfulness of the human hand without the proper knowledge of creation. What a slow motion crime

  2.   Niltsyar said

    The headline is a lie and insulting. We demolished it, destroying it with the tunnel, pollution, the road, soil compaction, tourism, acid rain, climate change ...
    "The worst storm in decades" is absolutely irrelevant to a specimen that has been there for centuries.
    Nature gave it to us, HUMANITY KILLED IT. Take our responsibility and let's stop destroying the world while we live in Disney worlds.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Niltsiar.
      Thanks for your comment.
      The article says that the tree had already been weakening for years, and that the storm was the one that killed it.
      Besides, it is almost certain that if the tunnel had not been made, he would still be alive.
      But is all humanity to blame? I do not think so. The fault lies with those people who did it, from my point of view, it destroyed the tree, and all those who approved it.
      A greeting.