Visitors to World’s Tallest Tree Could Face $5K Fine, Jail

Park officials declared the remote area off-limits because of damage done by trampling visitors to the tree and surrounding forest.

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Coast redwood tree named Hyperion in Redwood National Park, Calif., on Sept. 22, 2021.
Image via National Park Service via AP

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tree enthusiasts who make the trek to the world’s tallest tree deep in a Northern California forest will face a fine and possible jail time after park officials declared the remote area off-limits because of damage done by trampling visitors to the tree and surrounding forest, a park official said Monday. The tree, a 380-foot (115-meter) coast redwood, is in a remote area of Redwood National Park and is not accessible…