O'Brien, on the right, is a one-man Humane Society for trees.

Members of a group called Plant Amnesty are kind of like real-life Loraxes (Lorices?), if the Lorax actually did something to save the Truffula trees instead of just wagging his finger like some kind of pre-internet concern troll.

Exemplifying their ethos is Bernie O’Brien, a resident of Seattle who has saved at least 500 trees, digging them up by hand — including arboreal monsters that weighed up to 400 pounds, reports the Seattle Times.

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Anyone who has ever been saddened to see a tree go down so the neighbors could add a third bay to their garage can understand the philosophy that drives O’Brien and other tree savers.

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With 900 members nationwide and in four countries who believe, for example, that trees shouldn’t be topped for landscaping purposes, [Plant Amnesty founder Cass Turnbull] says, “I get calls and emails all the time from people who say they are spiritually involved with trees. Trees have a silent, timeless grandeur. It’s a theme that runs through all cultures and places. You’ve heard references to the ‘speaking tree?'”

Unfortunately, trees aren’t as resilient as, say, dogs. One in five don’t survive a relocation. For a gallery of those that do, check out O’Brien’s website.