It read, in part, “I hope it will be placed near the General Grant tree because that is where I took it. I am sorry for my decision.”
The park posted the child’s message of regret on Facebook and explained why taking a pine cone home is not a good idea noting, “It’s a tough environment here. The animals need [pine cone] nibbles and the area needs the seeds and vegetation. Also, cones and other plants deteriorate and help to create soil in this rocky environment.” It also pointed out the cone in question did not come from a pine tree, rather hails from a Giant Sequoia.