TREE of the Day: SEQUOIA TREE

SEQUOIA TREE — Giant redwood tree

The tallest tree in the world is the sequoia tree or the coast redwood.  Also known as the California redwood tree, Sequoia sempervirens can grow to the height of a 30-floor skyscraper which is more than 320 feet tall.

The giant sequoia tree (sequoiadendron giganteum) is one of three species of redwood trees.  California’s coast redwood and China’s dawn redwood  are the two other species of the redwood tree group. The coast redwood is a conifer and therefore, it bears cones which are only about one inch long.

Less than 23% of the world’s coast redwood trees may be logged because they are either privately held or in a national forest.  Luckily, the land preservation agreements or national parks protect the 77% of ancient redwood forests throughout the world.

 

VISIT SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK –near Visalia California

In Tulane County, you will find Sequoia National Park.  California’s rugged mountain range known as the Sierra Nevada Mountains is named after the well-known Native American tribes who lived in the area.  The area was popular with the Native Americans known as the Monachee Tribe (or the Western Mono).  In the summertime, they hiked over the high mountain passes to trade with tribes who lived further East of the Kaweah River. 

A staple of the Monachee people was the acorn. They lived mostly in the warmer parts of the year and there is a great deal of evidence of seasonal habitation in areas such Hospital Rock and Potwisha and the Giant Forest 

SEQUOTAH

The famed Cherokee leader named SEQUOYAH was honored as the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.  Although there are many discrepancies in dates of birth and death, it is known that Sequoyah from the mid-1770s to 1843.  At Warren’s Trading House in Red River, there is evidence of the date of Sequoyah’s death in 1843.  His resting place is alleged to be in Zaragoza near the Mexico-Texas Border.

Honor the land and protect all trees!

 

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