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    How do you move a 150 Year Old - 800,000lb Oak Tree?

    Very Carefully.

    This was done about a 90 minute drive southwest of where I live. The Berard Company was commissioned to move this 800,000lb, 150 year old oak tree in Iberia Parish Louisiana. The tree stood in the way of a new service road being constructed and plans were made to relocate rather than remove it.
    The Berard Team got the call and the job and with hundreds of on lookers watching, the tree made it's one mile journey down Hwy 90 to its new home.


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    One word... Cool!
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    That's pretty cool, but I don't see how it could be 800,000 pounds

    Edit: Ha Ha silly me! I forgot about the gigantic root ball it must have.
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    Pretty neat to see, but I can't help wondering what a project like that costs. I'd guess it would be in the 7 figure ballpark...
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    I have seen the mammoet's at work on a few occasions it's pretty neat. They go all over the world and move just about anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Pretty neat to see, but I can't help wondering what a project like that costs. I'd guess it would be in the 7 figure ballpark...
    The transition of relocation into a new home at Jefferson Terrace Boulevard and U.S. 90m, cost DOTD over $300,000, including a water well for the tree’s irrigation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDeereYooper View Post
    I have seen the mammoet's at work on a few occasions it's pretty neat. They go all over the world and move just about anything.
    Being that I work in one of the nation's(and the state's) largest Petro-Chemical corridor(along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast), I see lots of Big Lifts and Heavy Moves. Mammoet; and other companies, such as Deep South Crane & Rigging, stays very busy.
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    Wow, that is awesome.
    Surprising how shallow the root system is.
    High water table maybe?

    That's another of my favorite things in life to observe. Big old trees.
    We have quite a few white oaks in our area that are hundreds of years old. Always amazes me to think about.
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    I'll bet it will not survive another 10 years. Should have left it alone and rerouted the road. Can't grow them like that overnight, and they don't like being moved.

    But cool to see the efforts.
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    Wow! Think how many "Hillary in 2016" signs that would make!
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