John Muir



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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

In this discourse on the beauty and values of the Sequoia Gigantea, Muir considers the widespread belief that the sequoia is a dying species. He observes: ""Species develop and die like individuals, animals as well as plants; and man, at once the noblest and most conceited species on the globe, will surely become extinct as the mastodon or sequoia. But unless destroyed by man sequoia is in no immediate danger of extinction."" The hermit discovered in the forest was John A. Nelder, who Muir believed was ""a man of broad sympathies, and a keen intuitive observer of nature."" The Fresno Grove of sequoias has now been renamed the Nelder Grove.


San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin


p. 1, col, 1


Reprinted in Sept. 23, 1875 edition

Summering in the Sierra. A Bit of Forest-Study by John Muir. The Royal Sequoia-Its Beauty and Impressiveness-Its Cones and Timber-Doom of the Coniferae-A Forest Hermit. (From Our Own Correspondent.) Fresno Grove of Big Trees, Sept., 1875.



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