Giant Sequoia Move on Schedule in Idaho, Tree Doing Well

(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone). Workers build a burlap, plywood and steel-pipe structure to contain the rootball so they can move the roughly 100-foot sequoia tree in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The sequoia tree sent more than a century ago by nat…
(AP Photo/Troy Maben, File). FILE -This Nov. 22, 2006, file photo a giant sequoia tree sits next to St. Luke’s Hospital in downtown Boise, Idaho. The sequoia tree that was a seedling sent more than a century ago by naturalist John Muir to Idaho and pla…
(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone). An aerial view shows heavy machinery used by workers as they pruned the roots, built a burlap, plywood and steel-pipe structure to contain the rootball so they can move the roughly 100-foot sequoia tree in Boise, Idaho, Thursd…
(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone). A roughly 100-foot sequoia tree is viewed looking upward from the base of the trunk in Boise, Idaho, Friday, June 23, 2017. The sequoia tree sent more than a century ago by naturalist John Muir to Idaho and planted in a Boise …
(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone). Workers prune the roots and built a burlap, plywood and steel-pipe structure to contain the rootball so they can move the roughly 100-foot sequoia tree In Boise, Idaho, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The sequoia tree sent more than …

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location.

David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers shortly after midnight.

Sequoias aren’t native to Idaho, and the tree is believed to be the state’s largest sequoia. St. Luke’s Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to move it to make room for an expansion.

Cox says if everything goes as planned, the sequoia will be at its new home on city property around noon Sunday.

The tree was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California’s Sequoia National Park.

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