21 Memorial Trees Relocated in Somber Ceremony

Tree Transplant Company Moves 21 Memorial Trees for Community

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc, (www.bigtreesupply.com) a tree nursery and tree transplant company in the Seattle area, was recently contacted to explore the feasibility and survivability of moving twenty-one 10’ cedar trees. Big Trees inspected the area and was able to assist in moving the trees to their new location. The community expressed their thanks for Big Trees role in helping to keep the legacy of these memorial trees, which were planted to represent the 21 families who lost lives in a massive mudslide in March of 2014.

Big Trees came to the area where the 21 cedar trees were planted and inspected the area, determining that the trees were acceptable candidates for a safe transplant. The company liaised with the local county and the family members to arrange the moving date for January 11th. Unfortunately, when that date came a snow storm arrived making it necessary to move the date to January 24th and 25th, which turned out to be dry and clear days.

The trees were all numbered 1-21, as were the new planting locations. Big Trees spent the first day digging up the trees and carving out large rootballs to ensure survivability. They also dug out the receiving holes at the space where the trees were being moved to. On the second day all of the trees were moved and replanted.

The day was both somber and celebratory for everyone involved.  The bare slope of the massive slide is visible from the site and a constant reminder of the devastation that happened that day back in 2014.  There were a lot of powerful emotions for everybody involved – the Big Trees crew, the Snohomish County representatives and the family members who were present.

“I love being involved in projects like these,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.  “These trees had been planted to memorialize the loss of one’s life and when it was discovered that the trees needed to be moved, there was such a high degree of sentiment that this had to be done successfully and respectfully.  I am so glad everything went well and was a positive experience for all involved.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296