Maprini Enterprise

Posted March 10, 2018 07:31:17 A giant white pine tree in the middle of a Maine woods is a popular tourist attraction and a national symbol.

The tree has stood for more than a century at the Thomas & Baker Maine Building Materials Company in the city of Bangor.

But that’s all about to change.

The company announced Thursday that the giant white tree will be relocated to a site on its property near Bangor’s famed Bangor River, a location that will be off-limits to the public.

“It is a unique opportunity to transform the history and the history of this iconic landmark,” said CEO Paul Hoch.

“The company will continue to work with Bangor city leaders and community stakeholders to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

A spokesperson for the city told the Bangor News the city will continue the work to get the tree off-site.

“Our priority is the safety and welfare of our visitors,” said a city spokesperson.

“We’re grateful to Thomas &amps; Baker for the opportunity to help them with this important project.”

The company, which also makes the tree for other companies, told Bangor-based Bangor Magazine that it plans to move the tree in 2021.