St. Luke's prepares to move Idaho's largest Giant Sequoia

Posted at 7:01 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 23:51:03-04

Idaho's largest Giant Sequoia is getting ready to move. It's currently on St. Luke's downtown campus but the hospital's expansion means it needs a new home and the hospital has donated it to the city.

Crews dug a 5-foot trench around the tree and the root ball to stop it from growing over it's winter hibernation. In the spring, experts will move the tree to Fort Boise Park.

They say moving the tree won't hurt it, but it will need long-term care after being replanted.

“It's a five-year program with monitoring in maintenance with outside independent arborists and I'm contracted to come back and inspect over the course of the next three years so I think with the proper maintenance and proper care and attention you'll never have a problem,”  said David Cox of Environmental Design.

The tree stands 98 feet tall with a circumference of 20 feet and a diameter of 77 inches at four feet up. St. Luke's is coordinating the move with road construction on Fort Street To minimize traffic congestion.