Conservation group to buy Alder Creek giant sequoia grove and world’s fifth-largest tree

Stagg sequoia
Jennifer Benito-Kowalski of Save the Redwoods League, a conservation group, peers inside the Stagg tree in Sequoia Crest, Calif., in June.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Bettina Boxall covers water issues and the environment for the Los Angeles Times. She shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting with colleague Julie Cart for a five-part series that explored the causes and effects of escalating wildfire in the West. She began her journalism career as a photographer at a small Texas daily and reported for newspapers in Vermont and New Jersey before joining The Times in 1987.