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California's iconic Pioneer Cabin Sequoia was felled by more than weather

California's iconic Pioneer Cabin Sequoia was felled by more than weather
A piece of California's toppled Pioneer Cabin Tree in the mud at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. (Courtesy of Jim Allday)

To the editor: Let me make clear the Pioneer Cabin Sequoia was not killed by recent storms. This magnificent  tree that had been growing for more than 1,000 years was put to a slow, drawn out death by short-term thinking, greedy people who could only see an opportunity to make money by carving the tree's heart out so tourists could  drive their cars through it.

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Those who created this "tourist attraction" killed the tree slowly.

We appear to be a nation of short-term thinkers, and people who take the long view seem to be in the minority. I  wonder why humans can't simply see the beauty of nature as it exists. Rather, they need to "improve" it or "make it into a profit center" Why can't a millennium-old tree just be valued because it exists?

I fear for the future of our planet as the short-term thinkers appear to be winning.

Ed Hieshetter, San Diego

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