Due to the growing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and with our commitment to our community’s health and wellness in mind. TreeUtah is putting measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone who plants trees with us in the spring. April and May are typically our biggest planting months for large park trees, and one way or another, we will work diligently to get as many trees planted as possible. For now, we are working from home, keeping lots of distance when near each other, and planning a bunch of smaller events with limited numbers of people. We will keep you posted as our events are approaching. Stay safe out there!

Green Cities, Green Streets

Most of us don’t think of trees as infrastructure, but in an urban context they are just that. Research indicates that they can play a powerful role in traffic calming, especially through their impact on three vehicle-related risks: speeding, road rage, and pedestrian/bicyclist injury, streets with landscaped center medians or perimeter street trees may affect driver perception of lane width, causing something called the “edge effect.” This “edge effect” provides them with a psychological prompt to go slower. Further findings show that simply viewing nature in urban settings has a strongly restorative and calming effect. 

Putting safety first and creating a safe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists who share the road with vehicles is also an important consideration in road design.  A 2010 report from the School of Forest Resources at the University of Washington showed that drivers seeing natural roadside views exhibited lower levels of stress and frustration compared to those viewing all-built settings.

In an informal poll on TreeUtah’s Facebook Group page respondents overwhelmingly selected that trees did make a difference in keeping them calm in traffic as opposed to the notion that trees did not affect mood and driving. Providing green routes also addresses some negative influences of commuting on the health by reducing stress and frustration in congested or slow-moving traffic. Simply having green space for the eye and mind to focus on allows us time to engage with our environment in a meaningful way.

The next time you are out on the road take a look around and notice how you feel on street lined with trees and those without trees. What do you prefer and how can you support the effort in urban forestry? One positive action might just be joining a TreeUtah event!  

Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place

Planting urban trees begins with careful planning and consideration . A little forethought and a simple layout plan can produce a landscape that will cool your home in summer and keep out the winter winds. Your yard should contain trees that grow well in the soil and moisture of your area. Trees need to be properly placed to avoid collisions with power lines and buildings, and the aesthetics will increase your property value. And of course call “811” before you dig to locate utilities or lines underground.

A good landscaping plan looks at these areas:

Height. Will the tree bump into anything when it is fully grown?

Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow? Is the tree deciduous or evergreen? (Will it lose its leaves in the winter?)

Form or shape. A columnar tree will grow in less space. Round and V-Shaped species provide the most shade.

Growth rate. How long will it take for your tree to reach its full height? Slow growing species typically live longer than fast growing species.

Soil, sun, and moisture requirements.

Fruit. No one wants messy droppings on busy sidewalks, so you’ll need to make a plan to harvest properly.

Hardiness. Zones indicate the temperature extremes in which a tree can be expected to grow.


Park City Community Foundation Announces TreeUtah As Climate Fund Recipient

TreeUtah has received a grant award as one of four first Park City Climate Fund Grantees by the Park City Community Foundation, with its grant, TreeUtah will host educational community events to plant trees that in turn sequester carbon in the soil. They will host at least six educational events throughout Summit County engaging volunteers. By planting thousands of native trees in restoration sites.

The Park City Climate Fund was established by Park City Community Foundation in October 2019 to provide seed capital to innovative projects that help address climate change. The fund engages people and entities in greater Park City to implement local climate solutions that are proven to have great impact on greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon sequestration, and have the potential to be effective in other mountain communities

The first call for grant proposals to the Park City Climate Fund was announced at the Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit in October 2019 by Park City Community Foundation. 36 applications for grants were received with eight semifinalists selected to present to the grants committee, resulting in four funded projects—including one funded by the KTC Fund.

About Park City Community Foundation: Park City Community Foundation plays a vital role in solving the most challenging problems in Park City. They care for and invest in people, place, and culture by bringing together local nonprofits, donors, and community leaders to contribute financial resources and innovative ideas to benefit all the people of Park City. Learn more at


Do you enjoy volunteering and lending your time to good causes? Are you interested in taking that one step further, by helping others volunteer and by helping to make sure that their experiences are as valuable and as rewarding as possible? If so, you should become a TreeUtah Volunteer Team Leader (VTL)! Our volunteer team leaders help us facilitate tree plantings by helping to guide and manage our volunteers at events, making sure each volunteer is adequately prepared and engaged throughout the course of the planting. In this way, our team leaders are critical in allowing us to successfully coordinate and carry out volunteer tree planting events. As a small organization, the work of our volunteers, and especially our volunteer team leaders, is extremely crucial in allowing us to engage communities throughout the state to promote environmental awareness and improve Utah’s environments through the simple act of planting trees.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer team leader, you can go to the ‘Become a Volunteer Team Leader’ page under the ‘Volunteer’ heading on our website ( and fill out the form to sign up! Once the form is submitted, our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you to set up a time to meet, provide you with the necessary training, and answer any questions that you may have. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help improve Utah’s environment through planting trees, as well as to help facilitate environmental education and stewardship!

Jack Jacobs Volunteer Coordinator

Winter and Snow Tree Recovery

If damage is relatively slight, prune any broken branches, repair torn bark or rough edges around wounds, and let the tree begin the process of wound repair.

Although the tree has been damaged, enough strong limbs may remain on a basically healthy tree to make saving it possible. A mature shade tree can usually survive the loss of one major limb. The broken branch should be pruned back to the trunk. Young trees recover quickly. If the leader and structure for branching is intact, remove the broken branches so the tree can recover.

If a tree appears to be a borderline case, don’t simply cut it down. It’s best to give the tree some time. A final decision can be made later. Some trees simply can’t be saved or are not worth saving. If the tree has already been weakened by disease, if the trunk is split, or more than 50 percent of the crown is gone, the tree has lost its survival edge.


I got involved with TreeUtah over twenty years ago, shortly after we moved here. As a family, we volunteered to plant trees along the Jordan River near 90th South. At the time TreeUtah was working on a multi-year project with the Audubon Society to plant trees to assist migratory birds. It was fun and we felt we helped make a difference.

A few years later I was approached by the head of Community Affairs at American Express where I worked. They wanted me to join a non-profit board and TreeUtah was one of the organizations on the list. i agreed to join the board and became Treasurer and later board chair. I also continued to volunteer at plantings with my family. My kids were also involved, in addition to participating in plantings, they also assisted at fund raisers. My son was the emcee and my daughter dressed up as a tree and raised money by having people ‘hug a tree’.

When I completed my term on the board, I continued to volunteer with and donate to TreeUtah. I was asked to rejoin the board in 2014 and have been pleased to see how the organization has changed and evolved, with new volunteers and corporate donors, as well as quite a few long time participants.

I enjoy being part of plantings. “Extreme Tree Planting” to protect high altitude cliffs at the ski resorts and restoration plantings are especially rewarding. On the other hand, large caliper park plantings offer immediate gratification.

I encourage others to join us at a planting and also become a financial supporter of TreeUtah.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the November Saturday Service Project! We appreciate all those who planted trees with us!

Growing greener: U.S. cities are losing trees and their life-giving benefits. The scramble is on to replace them

Disappearing urban trees

Evergreen Tree Planting

Evergreen trees provide numerous benefits when strategically planted around your home. Much like trees and their leaves provide shade and relief from the blazing summer sun, evergreen trees protect from harsh winter winds. They can also offer some sound proofing (up to 40%) and can act as an air pollution barrier, depending on the location and conditions.

Early fall is an excellent time to plant evergreen conifers, allowing a minimum of 6 or 8 weeks before the soil starts to freeze.