California Political Leaders Endorse Campaign to Elect Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree

Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Delaware North Parks Services

    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The grassroots
 campaign to elect California's Giant Sequoia as America's National tree today
 announced the support of Senate President pro-Tempore John Burton (D-San
 Francisco) and Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga).
     "The Giant Sequoia is the oldest, biggest and the only one you can drive
 through," remarked Senator Burton about the tree.
     "I support designating the Giant Sequoia as the national tree.  The Giant
 Sequoia is a living testament to our country because it symbolizes
 California's strength and majesty," said Senator Brulte.
     The campaign to elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree is
 enjoying a surge of momentum as key interest groups and individuals have
 offered their endorsement, support and votes while the National Arbor Day
 Foundation approaches its announcement of election results on April 27,
 National Arbor Day.
     In a grassroots campaign waged on behalf of the Giant Sequoia, Americans
 are learning of its unique place in history, its majesty, natural beauty,
 immense strength and durability, and why they should vote "Giant Sequoia"
 online at http://www.arborday.org as part of the National Arbor Day contest to
 select America's National Tree.
     "We are grateful for these important endorsements and are increasingly
 optimistic about this campaign as momentum continues to shift towards electing
 the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree," said Tom McFadden, General
 Manager of Delaware North Parks Services operations at California's Sequoia
 National Park, home of the campaign's national headquarters at Wuksachi Lodge.
     Other key elected officials who have signed-on in support of the Giant
 Sequoia campaign include California State Senators William J. Knight (R-Santa
 Clarita), Charles S. Poochigian (R-Fresno) and Dick Monteith (R-Modesto) as
 well as California Assemblyman Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield).
     The Giant Sequoia's campaign platform to become America's National Tree
 includes the following points:
 
     1)  Largest Living Tree in the World -- The General Sherman Tree, a Giant
         Sequoia located in Sequoia National Park, is the largest living tree
         in the world! It weighs approx. 2.7 million pounds, stands 274.9 feet
         tall and is believed to be around 2,100 years old.  And, it's still
         growing!
 
     2)  Tall History -- Pioneer cattleman James Wolverton, who served in the
         Civil War under General William Tecumseh Sherman, named the General
         Sherman Tree in 1879.  Giant Sequoias are among the last surviving
         members of a family of trees that once grew across North America prior
         to the Ice Age.
 
     3)  All-American -- Today, Giant Sequoias grow naturally only on the west
         slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and appear in five areas
         throughout that region including Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National
         Park, Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, Grant Grove in Kings
         Canyon National Park, in the Sequoia National Forest and in the Giant
         Forest in Sequoia National Park.
 
     4)  When Lightening Strikes ...  -- The cones of the Giant Sequoia
         typically mature in two years, but remain tightly closed, hoarding
         their seeds for 6 to 20 years.  Lightening induced fires can dry and
         open the cones, therefore dispersing the seeds.
 
     5)  Natural Evolution -- Giant Sequoias grow incredibly tall and straight
         and must rely on their streamlined stature and balanced limbs for
         stability.  Their shallow root system can cause them to topple without
         warning.
 
     7)  Spectacular Sights -- The Giant Sequoia grows throughout Sequoia
         National Park, which also includes Mount Whitney -- the tallest peak
         in the 48 contiguous states reaching 14,494 feet at its summit.
 
     8)  Naturally Accessible -- Giant Sequoias can be enjoyed first-hand by
         anyone who visits the Sequoia National Park in California. For more
         information, call 888-252-5757 or visit http://www.VisitSequoia.com.
 
     Votes for America's National Tree may be cast online through midnight of
 April 26.  Results will be announced on April 27, National Arbor Day.  To vote
 online for the Giant Sequoia at http://www.arborday.org, click on "Write In"
 option and include "Giant Sequoia" in the blank space below.  This will ensure
 your vote is cast for the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree.  For more
 campaign information, visit http://www.VisitSequoia.com.
 
     According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, once all votes are
 counted, the results will be made available to the members of Congress, which
 must officially designate America's National Tree.
 
 

SOURCE Delaware North Parks Services
    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The grassroots
 campaign to elect California's Giant Sequoia as America's National tree today
 announced the support of Senate President pro-Tempore John Burton (D-San
 Francisco) and Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga).
     "The Giant Sequoia is the oldest, biggest and the only one you can drive
 through," remarked Senator Burton about the tree.
     "I support designating the Giant Sequoia as the national tree.  The Giant
 Sequoia is a living testament to our country because it symbolizes
 California's strength and majesty," said Senator Brulte.
     The campaign to elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree is
 enjoying a surge of momentum as key interest groups and individuals have
 offered their endorsement, support and votes while the National Arbor Day
 Foundation approaches its announcement of election results on April 27,
 National Arbor Day.
     In a grassroots campaign waged on behalf of the Giant Sequoia, Americans
 are learning of its unique place in history, its majesty, natural beauty,
 immense strength and durability, and why they should vote "Giant Sequoia"
 online at http://www.arborday.org as part of the National Arbor Day contest to
 select America's National Tree.
     "We are grateful for these important endorsements and are increasingly
 optimistic about this campaign as momentum continues to shift towards electing
 the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree," said Tom McFadden, General
 Manager of Delaware North Parks Services operations at California's Sequoia
 National Park, home of the campaign's national headquarters at Wuksachi Lodge.
     Other key elected officials who have signed-on in support of the Giant
 Sequoia campaign include California State Senators William J. Knight (R-Santa
 Clarita), Charles S. Poochigian (R-Fresno) and Dick Monteith (R-Modesto) as
 well as California Assemblyman Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield).
     The Giant Sequoia's campaign platform to become America's National Tree
 includes the following points:
 
     1)  Largest Living Tree in the World -- The General Sherman Tree, a Giant
         Sequoia located in Sequoia National Park, is the largest living tree
         in the world! It weighs approx. 2.7 million pounds, stands 274.9 feet
         tall and is believed to be around 2,100 years old.  And, it's still
         growing!
 
     2)  Tall History -- Pioneer cattleman James Wolverton, who served in the
         Civil War under General William Tecumseh Sherman, named the General
         Sherman Tree in 1879.  Giant Sequoias are among the last surviving
         members of a family of trees that once grew across North America prior
         to the Ice Age.
 
     3)  All-American -- Today, Giant Sequoias grow naturally only on the west
         slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and appear in five areas
         throughout that region including Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National
         Park, Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, Grant Grove in Kings
         Canyon National Park, in the Sequoia National Forest and in the Giant
         Forest in Sequoia National Park.
 
     4)  When Lightening Strikes ...  -- The cones of the Giant Sequoia
         typically mature in two years, but remain tightly closed, hoarding
         their seeds for 6 to 20 years.  Lightening induced fires can dry and
         open the cones, therefore dispersing the seeds.
 
     5)  Natural Evolution -- Giant Sequoias grow incredibly tall and straight
         and must rely on their streamlined stature and balanced limbs for
         stability.  Their shallow root system can cause them to topple without
         warning.
 
     7)  Spectacular Sights -- The Giant Sequoia grows throughout Sequoia
         National Park, which also includes Mount Whitney -- the tallest peak
         in the 48 contiguous states reaching 14,494 feet at its summit.
 
     8)  Naturally Accessible -- Giant Sequoias can be enjoyed first-hand by
         anyone who visits the Sequoia National Park in California. For more
         information, call 888-252-5757 or visit http://www.VisitSequoia.com.
 
     Votes for America's National Tree may be cast online through midnight of
 April 26.  Results will be announced on April 27, National Arbor Day.  To vote
 online for the Giant Sequoia at http://www.arborday.org, click on "Write In"
 option and include "Giant Sequoia" in the blank space below.  This will ensure
 your vote is cast for the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree.  For more
 campaign information, visit http://www.VisitSequoia.com.
 
     According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, once all votes are
 counted, the results will be made available to the members of Congress, which
 must officially designate America's National Tree.
 
 SOURCE  Delaware North Parks Services