By Annette Garcia, Spectrum News San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After months of fundraising, The Hemisfair Conservancy saved five trees in downtown San Antonio by moving them just a few feet.
Modern machines were brought in to help out Mother Nature by lifting a 90,000 pound tree out of the ground and on to a safer place.
“They were going to kill it. And we said, there’s no reason to kill it. She’s happy. She’s healthy,” said Art Martinez, JR who is known as a tree-moving expert.
However their most recent project was not an easy move.
“This one is a little more difficult because we have a lot of obstructions,” said Martinez.
But it was one plenty of people were rallying for. This tree and four others were days away from being bulldozed to make way for new construction. In November, the Hemisfair Conservancy launched a campaign, raising $60,000 to save them.
“It means so much that people care enough about the community to make it more beautiful,” said Anne Krause of the Hemisfair Conservancy.
Moving this tree is one thing. Making sure it survives is another. The team will need to follow a strict list of guidelines to make sure it’s around for many more years.
“There are three things that are so important. We’ve got to make this happen between November and February. We’ve got that covered. You have to take excellent care of the root ball during the move,” said Krause.
Plenty of water is on the list, along with 14 pounds of black-eyed peas at the bottom of the hole.
The conservancy says someone else planted them for this community and they’re happy to return the favor. The 40 year old trees were relocated to a redeveloped part of Hemisfair Park.
The conservancy expects them to thrive as they’ve moved other trees before and all have survived.