Fundraising goals met to save heritage oak—more funds needed to move it

April 3, 2014

After months of rallying, the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation has met the $20,000 fundraising goal to transplant the heritage oak at the intersection of William Cannon and U.S. 290, but additional funds are still needed to move the tree.

Michael Fossum, executive director of the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation, said an additional $5,000 is needed for traffic control during the transplant.

Fossum said any funds collected that exceed the cost of the transplant would be applied to post care for the tree.

The date for removing the tree is dependent on the removal of the AT&T fiber optic lines at the site, Fossum said.

“There is not a certain date for that to occur so our start date is a bit fuzzy at this point, but hopefully we will start within the next two weeks,” Fossum said.

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