• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Using DNA gathered in PAs, scientists pin down genetic code for California redwoods

Scientists have cracked the full genetic code for California’s beloved trees — the coastal redwoods and giant sequoias — that will help researchers identify forests that are most diverse, genetically speaking, and help foresters better manage these sites.

“These trees are so iconic, not just in California, but around the world,” said Emily Burns, director of science at Save the Redwoods League, a century-old nonprofit that works to protect California’s redwood and sequoia forests. “We needed to have the benefit of (genetic) information on how diverse their populations are.”

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