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    Giant Sequoias Capture My Imagination

    For many years, I attempted to grow a giant sequoia in my backyard in Bowling Green. The tree managed to grow, reaching almost 15 feet, but it couldn’t survive a particularly cold winter and sadly had to be felled. Americans have long been in love with these amazing trees, which can live more than 3,000 years and reach more than 10 times the height of my garden experiment. After timbermen destroyed many sequoias in the 19th century, a conservation movement took hold … and two of the earliest national parks were established to protect these majestic giants.

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