Taking Care Of A Nutcase

GSD&M of Austin, Texas, is preparing a 56,000-square-foot expansion of its Idea City headquarters. There’s just one obstacle standing in the way: a 125-year-old pecan tree.
Agency representative Eric Webber said the tree is 70 feet tall, 14 feet wide and sits in the center of the shop’s current parking lot.
The agency considered cutting down the tree and planting several replacements. It also talked about donating it to local artists or making a sculpture from the wood and giving it to the city.
In the end, the shop that crafted the “Don’t mess with Texas” slogan decided to heed its own advice and try to save the pecan, which happens to be the state tree.
Webber said Environmental Design of Houston is working on relocating the tree and should complete the process this week.
Environmental Design said the tree has a 95 percent chance of survival. The tree and its root ball weigh an estimated 750,000 pounds.
Those interested in following the move can log on to the Web site at www.treecam.com.
–Steve Krajewski