August 30, 2014
GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) - A 50-foot tree that has provided shade for centuries on the ranch site in Sonoma County that once served as the home of writer and adventurer Jack London is set to be chopped down.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/10HebID ) the coast live oak, estimated at more than 400 years old, is infested with the disease known as sudden oak death.
It's estimated that the tree, which last year lost one of its sprawling branches, will die within two years.
Before the majestic tree is felled this fall, it will be honored with music, readings, Native American storytelling, art projects and other events.
Foresters will then collect as many acorns as possible for replanting.
London, who called the property Beauty Ranch, lived there from 1905 until his death in 1916.
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