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Rocklin, Calif.ย – Sierra College Press has published “King Sequoia” by author and retired national park ranger, William C. Tweed.ย 

The complete title of the latest co-publication by the college’s press is “King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think About Nature.”


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The book, the latest co-publication with Heyday in Berkeley, is a combination of personal experiences and an historical review of the tree’s influence on the American conservation movement and the establishment of the National Park System.

The giant sequoia, also known as the Sierra redwood or Big Tree, is one of two California State Trees.ย  The Big Tree, iconic in every way, from pure size to its symbolism, is the subject of the 250-page book, released in October 2016, during the 100th centennial of the nation’s park system.

Tweed, a trained historian, spent his entire career of thirty years at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.ย  He retired as Chief Park Naturalist and now lives in Bend, Oregon.ย  The author takes the reader on a journey, beginning just before the gold rush and throughout more than 150 years of the Euro-American experience with the giant trees – from modern discovery, to curiosity, to wholesale slaughter, and finally, conservation and preservation of the last groves of the Sierra.

  • PLACER COUNTY BIG TREES GROVE
    Giant Sequoia Trees reside in Placer County Tucked off the beaten path in Tahoe National Forest just off Mosquito Ridge Road
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