St. Luke’s Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to city property, to make room for a hospital expansion.
The tree is believed to be Idaho’s largest Sequoia, not native to the state, it was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California’s Sequoia National Park.
Muir, a Scottish immigrant to the United States, rambled around the Sierra Nevada mountains and took long treks across the country to Florida and through Alaska. His writing helped bring attention to the United States' natural wonders and the threats they faced from logging and ranching. His book on the newly created parks of the West, Our National Parks, caught the eye of President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited Yosemite in Muir’s company to discuss future conservation initiatives.
The tree's new home is twelve hundred feet away from where it was first planted in 1912.
In October, the tree's roots were trimmed to keep them from expanding. This spring, wood and burlap walls were built around the root system, then steel pipes and airbags lifted the massive tree into position. Crews then rolled the tree down the street on airbags, getting the tree into its new position at the park by 11:15. On Monday, they leveled the tree and added more dirt from its original position to help it adapt.
David Cox told the AP this is the largest tree his company, Environmental Design, has ever moved.
I posted about another tree moving a couple years ago, it too was a Caterpillar powered move of incredible proportions http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2012/10/cat-moves-it-and-ought-to-use-this.html