Industry News: Urban Forestry

What Does It Take To Move A 10-Story Tree A Couple Of City Blocks?

Friday, June 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Hill

The historic giant sequoia in Boise, Idaho, towers some 10 stories tall. At more than a century old, it also weighs a hefty 800,000 pounds and measures roughly 20 feet around at its base. Oh, and it had to move a few city blocks.

All of which raised a very good question: How the heck was that going to happen?

If you ask St. Luke's Health System, the hospital that had to move the tree in order to expand, the answer boiled down to this: a whole lot of determination — that, and a whole lot of money and patience. The hospital spent $300,000 on a plan that was long in the works.

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