Scott: On your way out there, go through Donner Pass. They have a lot of the big ol' steam powered logging machines sitting up at the summit that you may be able to use to move that monster. Probably need one of those big Antonov AN225 cargo planes to get it back here tho. Let me know if you need any help with it.:gar-La;:gar-La;.
Last I heard on the news, the plan is to cut a tunnel for tourist to pass through, and leave it laying there. Of course, that plan probably changes from day to day. This is, after all, a government project. :confused_
I hate to see wood go to waste but I think that given the fact that it is located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument it is only fitting to have that be it's final resting place. It would be neat to go climb on it and go where only birds and wildlife have been.
Of course on the other hand I wonder what it looks like on the inside.
I have seen old large trees like oak, hickory, and poplar cut down and the insides aren't much count. That was two trees that were grown together for the last 1500 years. Hopefully when they cut the tunnel that that wood can be used for something that can benefit the park or a friends of the park group.
here is some pictures of the park that were neat...