California's Redwood National Park has issued a warning that any visitor caught near the Hyperion Tree could face a $5,000 fine and up to six months in prison, according to USAToday.
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Listed by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living tree, Hyperion is now officially closed to the public and the national park is making a determined effort to enforce this rule.
The coastal redwood, known as the ancient evergreen tree of the “sequoia evergreen” type, has faced severe environmental degradation due to tourists and travelers who have been visiting since 2006. The 115 m high tree is named after a character in Greek mythology; Hyperion was one of the Titans and the father of the sun god Helios and the moon goddess Selene.
Hyperion is set back from the path in dense vegetation and requires walking through brush to reach the tree, according to the statement Redwood National Park. Humans who have wandered off the path have devastated the habitat around Hyperion.
“As a visitor, you must decide whether you will participate in the preservation of this unique landscape or in its destruction?”, – said in a statement.
Forest fires also disturb ancient trees. General Sherman, the world's largest tree by density, not height, was wrapped in an aluminum-based fire retardant last year to avoid damaging fires.