Giant Sequoia Campaign Having an 'Impact' on the Vote for America's National Tree, According to Arbor Day Foundation

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sequoia National Park

    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The campaign to
 elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree continues to generate
 momentum and support as the National Arbor Day Foundation, which organized a
 vote to designate a national tree, acknowledged the Giant Sequoia campaign's
 impact while the foundation approaches the announcement of vote results on
 Arbor Day, Friday, April 27.
     "We're excited about the enthusiasm for the Vote for America's National
 Tree, and especially for the commitment of groups like those who are working
 so hard to educate people about the importance of a tree like the giant
 sequoia," said Gary Brienzo, spokesman for The National Arbor Day Foundation.
 "The Campaign for the Giant Sequoia is an exciting one, and one that is having
 an impact.  All of America's trees are vital, giving us practical and
 aesthetic blessings.  Those who support the giant sequoia have certainly
 chosen a worthy champion."
     The campaign to elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree is
 enjoying a surge of momentum as key interest groups, elected officials and
 others have offered their endorsement, support and votes.
     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
 Foundation's poll to select America's National Tree.
     "We 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.  "We also recognize that great competition
 from other trees will result in very close election results."
     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.
 
     6) Spectacular Sights - The Giant Sequoia grows naturally throughout
        Sequoia National Park.  Sequoia National Park also includes Mount
        Whitney, the tallest peak in the 48 contiguous states reaching
        14,494 feet at its summit.
 
     7) 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 the "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 Sequoia National Park
    SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The campaign to
 elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree continues to generate
 momentum and support as the National Arbor Day Foundation, which organized a
 vote to designate a national tree, acknowledged the Giant Sequoia campaign's
 impact while the foundation approaches the announcement of vote results on
 Arbor Day, Friday, April 27.
     "We're excited about the enthusiasm for the Vote for America's National
 Tree, and especially for the commitment of groups like those who are working
 so hard to educate people about the importance of a tree like the giant
 sequoia," said Gary Brienzo, spokesman for The National Arbor Day Foundation.
 "The Campaign for the Giant Sequoia is an exciting one, and one that is having
 an impact.  All of America's trees are vital, giving us practical and
 aesthetic blessings.  Those who support the giant sequoia have certainly
 chosen a worthy champion."
     The campaign to elect the Giant Sequoia as America's National Tree is
 enjoying a surge of momentum as key interest groups, elected officials and
 others have offered their endorsement, support and votes.
     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
 Foundation's poll to select America's National Tree.
     "We 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.  "We also recognize that great competition
 from other trees will result in very close election results."
     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.
 
     6) Spectacular Sights - The Giant Sequoia grows naturally throughout
        Sequoia National Park.  Sequoia National Park also includes Mount
        Whitney, the tallest peak in the 48 contiguous states reaching
        14,494 feet at its summit.
 
     7) 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 the "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  Sequoia National Park