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Giant sequoia in Boise doing well four months after uprooting

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 14:00:47-04

A ten-story-tall sequoia in downtown Boise that was moved two city blocks on giant rollers last summer has passed its first checkup.

Tree mover David Cox of Environmental Design examined the 800,000-pound sequoia on Wednesday -- and says there's new growth and, overall, the tree is looking good at its new location.
But he says he's a bit concerned about some broken bark and smoothed-over bark near the base that might have been caused by animals or vandals -- or somebody climbing the tree.

Naturalist John Muir sent the tree as a seedling to Boise more than a century ago where it was planted in a doctor's yard.

St. Luke's Health System in June paid $300,000 to move the largest and most notable tree in the city's urban forest to make way for a hospital expansion.

(by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)