Giant Sequoia Campaign Considers Recount Demand, Then Concedes Following Announcement of America's National Tree

Giant Sequoia, As Member of the Redwood Family of Trees, Assumes Moral Victory

in Redwood's Second Place Finish



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sequoia National Park

    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The campaign to
 elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree concedes to the Oak, which
 was declared the winner in today's announcement by the National Arbor Day
 Foundation in their Vote for America's National Tree.
     "Unfortunately, there are no hanging or dimpled chads to review
 considering a majority of the Vote for America's National Tree was done
 online," joked Tom McFadden, General Manager of Delaware North Parks Services
 operations at Sequoia National Park, home of the campaign's national
 headquarters at Wuksachi Lodge. "Seriously though, we are very proud of the
 effort behind the Giant Sequoia campaign and congratulate the Oak on its
 victory."
     "Since the Giant Sequoia is a member of the Redwood family of trees, those
 who voted for it can take pride in knowing the Redwood was announced to be the
 first runner-up in votes it received to become America's National Tree,"
 continued McFadden. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, in a close
 vote the Redwood received 80,841 votes to 101,146 votes for the Oak.
     In a grassroots campaign waged on behalf of the Giant Sequoia, Americans
 learned of its unique place in history, its majesty, natural beauty, immense
 strength and durability, and why they should consider the write in vote of
 "Giant Sequoia" as part of the National Arbor Day Foundation's poll to select
 America's National Tree. To see more on the Giant Sequoia campaign or on how
 the Giant Sequoia can be experienced in person at Sequoia National Park, visit
 http://www.VisitSequoia.com.
     Giant Sequoias grow naturally only on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada
 Mountains and appear in five areas throughout that region including the
 Sequoia National Forest and in the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park.
 Guided tours and hikes, educational programs and spectacular sites of the
 Giant Sequoia are available year-round at Sequoia National Park. Also, opening
 this summer is the Giant Sequoia Museum with displays and demonstrations
 dedicated to the Giant Sequoia's significant role in American and natural
 history. More information on these opportunities can also be obtained by
 calling 888-252-5757.
     According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, now that all votes are
 counted, the results will be made available to the members of Congress, which
 must officially designate America's National Tree.
 
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SOURCE Sequoia National Park
    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The campaign to
 elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree concedes to the Oak, which
 was declared the winner in today's announcement by the National Arbor Day
 Foundation in their Vote for America's National Tree.
     "Unfortunately, there are no hanging or dimpled chads to review
 considering a majority of the Vote for America's National Tree was done
 online," joked Tom McFadden, General Manager of Delaware North Parks Services
 operations at Sequoia National Park, home of the campaign's national
 headquarters at Wuksachi Lodge. "Seriously though, we are very proud of the
 effort behind the Giant Sequoia campaign and congratulate the Oak on its
 victory."
     "Since the Giant Sequoia is a member of the Redwood family of trees, those
 who voted for it can take pride in knowing the Redwood was announced to be the
 first runner-up in votes it received to become America's National Tree,"
 continued McFadden. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, in a close
 vote the Redwood received 80,841 votes to 101,146 votes for the Oak.
     In a grassroots campaign waged on behalf of the Giant Sequoia, Americans
 learned of its unique place in history, its majesty, natural beauty, immense
 strength and durability, and why they should consider the write in vote of
 "Giant Sequoia" as part of the National Arbor Day Foundation's poll to select
 America's National Tree. To see more on the Giant Sequoia campaign or on how
 the Giant Sequoia can be experienced in person at Sequoia National Park, visit
 http://www.VisitSequoia.com.
     Giant Sequoias grow naturally only on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada
 Mountains and appear in five areas throughout that region including the
 Sequoia National Forest and in the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park.
 Guided tours and hikes, educational programs and spectacular sites of the
 Giant Sequoia are available year-round at Sequoia National Park. Also, opening
 this summer is the Giant Sequoia Museum with displays and demonstrations
 dedicated to the Giant Sequoia's significant role in American and natural
 history. More information on these opportunities can also be obtained by
 calling 888-252-5757.
     According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, now that all votes are
 counted, the results will be made available to the members of Congress, which
 must officially designate America's National Tree.
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X02121112
 
 SOURCE  Sequoia National Park