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Instead of being cut down, Live Oaks are being transplanted

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

A large senior citizen apartment complex is being built off Lamey Bridge Road in D'Iberville. There was a problem though. Three protected live oaks were in the path of the development.

On Friday workers used, what looks like a space ship. However, it wasn't a space ship it was a tree spade. It weighs 95,000 pounds, and does exactly what the name implies, it digs up trees. 

The target on Friday, a 30-year-old live oak. Two other oaks have already been transplanted on the property.

Instead of cutting, the developers tried saving instead. 

"We wanted to preserve the natural landscape here on this great site on the Tchutabouffa," Cloyd said. "We believe it's going to add so much quality to the development and really frame up the entrance with these three great live oaks," developer Joe Cloyd said.

The tree comes up out of the ground, then slowly trucked across the property. The man in charge of moving day is David Dowden and he knows what he's doing. 

"I've moved trees all over the world, from Nicaragua to Israel, Canada, and all over the United States. Mexico." Dowden said. "We go all over the world moving trees. My boss is headed to China right now to check on a job in China." 

Also checking out this job is landscape architect Britton Jones.  

Transplanting these live oaks is a difficult job at best. But, after that job is done, something even more important takes place. The care these trees will need to make sure they stay alive in the future. 

"Well, they will establish a watering regime, along with mulching and pruning and fertilizing. And that will be carried out by the landscape maintenance crew over the course of the next few years to ensure establishment," Jones said. 

The effort workers made will make sure the beauty of the property will be ensured for decades to come.

The process of moving the trees began Thursday morning and ended on Friday. The Live Oaks are given a 95 percent chance of surviving.

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