Monday, October 13, 2014

UM will transplant a 250-year-old tree later this month

The costly, months-long process of uprooting a 65-foot-tall, 250-year-old tree will culminate later this month as the University of Michigan has set a move day for the history burr oak at the Ross School of Business. 
Officials announced today that the relocation of the tree is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 25, weather permitting.

— mLive, U-M sets date for $400,000 transplantation of 200-year-old burr oak tree

The University produced this animation of the process:

This whole thing does seem to be moderately insane. But unlike vocal critics of this operation, I don't particularly care how the business school spends its donors’ money. I will just be very sad if this tree dies after the transplant, and indifferent if nothing bad happens.