“Of all John Muir’s special interests in nature, it is probable that none made to him a stronger appeal than the giant Sequoias .. It was his firm conviction that they represented the supremest examples of majesty among all living things, and his journey around the earth to compare the Big Trees with the trees of the world left him with settled conviction regarding the correctness of this view. For many years he gave himself to the protection of these “Kings of the forest, the noblest of a noble race.” At this time of national movement for the preservation of these forests through the Save-the-Redwoods League, it is particularly fitting that we present the sentiments written years ago, in support of just such a movement, by the friend who fought so hard, so faithfully, and so long in this good cause. Cutting the giant sequoias is irrational, any of the trees that need to be planted could be planted in dozens of other locations, the sequoias lend beauty and strength and embody the idea of forests. Those sequoias are the largest trees on the planet and many preservation groups have spent extensive efforts to preserve them, to so callously remove is counter to the spirit of forest management.
Comment by Bonnie Johnson — December 20, 2010 @ 9:32 am