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Idaho's largest Sequoia surviving two months after move

The giant Sequoia that was once on St. Luke's property, is now across the street in Fort Boise Park.

It's been two months since crews moved Idaho's largest Sequoia from St. Luke's downtown campus to Fort Boise Park.

The tree had to be moved because St Luke's is expanding. It was either move it, or chop it down.

The majestic Sequoia is more visible in its new home and some people have noticed brown spots on some branches. Brian Jorgenson, the Boise City Forester, says not to worry. He's seen those spots pop up over the years and the tree has done just fine. Jorgenson said, "Most of the brown that they're seeing on the tree is the same brown that was there after last winter. Sequoias are particularly sensitive to dry winters like we have around here or cold winters like we sometimes have around here. Last winter was pretty tough in a lot of ways and Sequoias just by the nature of where they originate are not use to those types of climates."

Jorgenson and the company that moved the giant tree are keeping an eye on it. A few times a week, he uses a soil moisture meter to make sure it's getting enough water. "A few times a week I will come out here and connect these connectors to the wires that come out of sensors," Jorgenson explained. Those sensors are buried well below the ground around the tree. The idea is to find out if water is soaking down deep enough to get to the roots.

Making sure the watering is effective is about the best thing they can do for the Sequoia right now.

A move, even if it was just across the street, stresses any tree and especially one this big and this old. Asked if it will survive, Jorgenson said he could not promise anything. "At this point, that's pretty much up to the tree."

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