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Tree said to inspire Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ dies. Who will speak for the trees?

By Sonja Haller
USA Today
June 17, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

As he sat in his mountaintop La Jolla, California, home, spinning lyrical children’s tales like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” Ted Geisel — who we all know as Dr. Seuss — spied the droopy, yet noble Monterrey Cypress tree.  Now, the tree that locals say inspired “The Lorax” is gone forever, and why it’s gone is a mystery, Tim Graham, a spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.  The lone Cypress in Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla fell over last week and died. “The city is still trying to determine the cause and the Monterrey Cypress was estimated to be between 80 and 100 years old,” Graham said. …The California coast Monterey Cypress can live up to 2,000 years, and this particular park tree sparked the 1971 story of the Once-ler who mows down all the Truffula trees threatening the creatures who depend on them.

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