Beatrix Sieger

Beatrix Sieger

Progress is being made at the EcoGarden, help out and meet TreeUtah's fantastic EcoGarden Coordinator, Julie Williams! 

This ever-evolving EcoGarden was first laid out in 2005, under the direction of renowned permaculture expert and author, the late Toby Hemenway, and former TreeUtah director Vaughn Lovejoy. Since then it has been sustained by dedicated volunteers, neighbors, and TreeUtah staff. The land the garden sits on was originally intended as an overflow retention basin for the Jordan River. When TreeUtah decided to do an EcoGarden, they considered putting it at Bend in the River Park along the Provo-Jordan River Parkway Trail. However, the land was too toxic with mercury and lead to grow anything edible. The plot by the Day-Riverside library seemed to be the perfect solution.

the EcoGarden is a community gathering space. The area is not fenced off from the neighborhood. Rather it is an inviting space, with benches, picnic tables, and a shade structure grown over with grapevines. We encourage residents of the neighborhood to utilize the space for gatherings, quiet contemplation, and of course as a source of food.

The guiding principle of permaculture is to cultivate food, medicine, and other useful plants in harmony with and in imitation of the surrounding ecosystem. Traditional farming techniques prioritize annual plants and require a continual input of nutrients, pesticides, and new plants, permaculture relies on a thoughtful mix perennials to create a more closed self-regulating and sustainable system.

The garden is designed around fourteen guilds or smaller plant communities. These are each centered around a fruit or nut tree. Each tree is planted with a specific mix of shrubs, flowers, grasses, herbs, and native plants that complement one another through their unique characteristics. Some plants might fix nitrogen in the soil, making it available to the surrounding plants. While others perhaps attract pollinators that will benefit the entire group. A third species may discourage pests or invasive plants with the scent of its flowers or the oils in its leaves.

We are now doing weekly volunteer days at our EcoGarden every Monday from 4-6pm! Come decompress after work and help us with planting, watering, weeding, mulching, composting, & maintaining the guilds of our beautiful EcoGarden, a permaculture orchard located next to the Day-Riverside Library. A healthy ecosystem necessarily includes the people who live in it, join us in our work in creating sustainable communities. 

Please register in advance so we know who to look for and what work can be done! And, if you are interested in being part of the EcoGarden community, please contact us. 

 

 

The City Nature Challenge is an international effort encouraging people to find and document plants and wildlife in their hometowns all around the globe. From April 30-May 3, 2021, people around the world will document their local nature using iNaturalist in the City Nature Challenge. In partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah and over a dozen other organizations throughout Northern Utah, together we are The Wasatch! Join as we all represent and document all of our wild neighbors!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Participating is easy! All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Mark your calendar to get outside April 30-May 3
  • Download the free iNaturalist app and make your account
  • Follow The Wasatch iNaturalist project
  • Get outside and find wild living things. Trees, flowers, weeds, mammals, birds, insects…you name it!
  • Take pictures of what you find
  • Share your observation on iNaturalist!

A COMMUNITY PROJECT WITH INTERNATIONAL REACH

Teamwork makes the dreamwork! The Wasatch is the effort of over a dozen Utah partners all connecting our Northern Utah community with our wild neighbors.
Box Elder County - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Cache County - Stokes Nature Center
Salt Lake County - Natural History Museum of Utah, Tracy Aviary, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Jordan River Commission, Salt Lake City Public Library System, Red Butte Garden, Utah Open Lands, The Nature Conservancy in Utah
Summit County - Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter
Utah County - Thanksgiving Point, Hutchings Museum
Weber County - Ogden Nature Center
State-wide - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
April 16, 2021

Alta Earth Day 2021

ALL DAY FREE EVENT Join Alta for its 12th Annual Community Alta Earth Day on Saturday, April 17th, 2021. This event encourages environmental stewardship, responsible recreation, and awareness of the relationship between climate change and the future of the ski industry in Little Cottonwood Canyon and beyond. The day’s celebrations will feature events with our non-profit partners to get out into our beautiful mountain environment and gain some knowledge.

Snowshoe with a Naturalist from Cottonwood Canyon Foundation: https://www.alta.com/events/snowshoe-with-a-naturalist

Birding on Skis with Tracy Aviary: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScJ2EJL6MVoWm.../viewform

Nestbox Monitoring on Snowshoes with Tracy Aviary: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Trees and Skis with TreeUtah: 1:00 PM and 3:15 PM at the top of Sunnyside lift

Events without a registration currently will be updated soon - Stay tuned for more information! Any questions can be directed to .

Alta Community Enrichment we will also be offering a free screening of The Story of Plastic - Keep an eye out for the registration link. We will post it to our social channels: https://www.storyofplastic.org/

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Join TreeUtah for Earth Day at Hogle Zoo!

Volunteer with us! Volunteers truly are the heartwood of TreeUtah and make our work possible. Thousands of dedicated and hardworking people like you help us each year to accomplish our goals. 

We always welcome helping hands at the EcoGarden located next door to the Day Riverside Library at 1575 West 1000 North, TreeUtah’s EcoGarden is a community resource along the Jordan River in Rose Park that demonstrates how we can utilize trees in urban landscapes for gardening, food, and to benefit our social and natural environments.

There are a number of different projects in need of volunteers at the EcoGarden such as watering, weeding, mulching, composting, maintaining the guilds, and picking up trash. If you are interested in being part of the EcoGarden community, please contact us. EcoGarden workdays will be posted on the events calendar. Please check dates and listings frequently in Spring/Summer/Fall.

We have met so many wonderful volunteers and interesting groups of people who organize to come out to help plant. Some are small hiking groups all the way to large corporations, and then back to a small scouting group, looking to do good and give back to the community! Tree Planting is a fun and unique way to give back to the local community and make Utah a healthier, greener place to live, work, and play. Your business, church group, or community group is welcome to join us at one of our public tree plantings (for free!). Alternatively, you can sponsor your own special event. Many businesses choose to sponsor a planting or stewardship project as an annual team-building event or community service project. 

Setting up special events and purchasing trees requires a lot of time and effort. The required minimum donation to sponsor tree plantings will be based on the number of trees to be planted. Each event is different depending on your vision and budget. We are excited to work with you and see your ideas come to life!

Events include the following benefits to your organization

  • Choose your own date and time
  • Recognition of your commitment to sustainability on social media, press releases, and on our website and e-newsletter
  • Team building by spending a few hours outdoors at a beautiful location
  • Your team just needs to show up ready to plant and we do the rest; even including coffee and bagels if you want.
  • You will get dirty and tired, but leave inspired!

Teams will help plant large landscape trees in public places such as parks and other open spaces or for restoration volunteers will assist in planting native seedlings to restore natural ecosystems. To learn more about participating in a tree planting, please contact us.

Every year, TreeUtah looks forward to celebrating our membership in the Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA), which embodies the spirit of community and volunteerism. UNA has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to advocacy and community service by providing direct support as well as motivating others to take leadership roles in activities and connects TreeUtah, our colleagues, and our organization to a greater community of nonprofits intent on changing the world!

We love UNA's statement "UNA is Utah. We are the people. We are the air. We are the earth. Our services blanket every community and county in the state. You are UNA when you are a member, nonprofit, or partner — or when you support nonprofit-community efforts to enrich the lives of Utahns. You and I are UNA." Because we know UNA shares our same love of earth and community we know that they will be there for TreeUtah as we navigate managing our nonprofit and helping it grow. We have found the "Services for Nonprofits" and "Job Board" to be invaluable resources. As well as the numerous training and membership benefits. 

TreeUtah celebrates all that UNA has accomplished and all that they will accomplish in the years to come as they inspire and bring lasting support to our community. Our growing community is founded on effective nonprofit organizations supported by UNA. 

About UNA: Incorporated in 1990, we serve the 10,000 Utah nonprofits who work in all sectors, on behalf of causes, and in all areas of Utah. UNA makes sure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed by making training, benefits, advocacy, networking, and other services available to Utah’s nonprofits. UNA encourages nonprofits to be ethical, outcome-oriented, strategic, and understand best practices that will serve to strengthen our communities. To join: https://utahnonprofits.org/

In 1663, Robert Boyle a chemist in America informed Europeans about the tree in the new world that produced a sweet substance. Other accounts say John Smith was among the first settlers who remarked about the Native Americans’ sugar processing and the fact that they used the product for barter. When we pour that sweet liquid gold on our pancakes we often think of big, tall Vermont maples being tapped for syrup, like Pa in Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. However, those of us in Utah and the Rocky Mountain region do indeed have a native maple treeThe bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum), gives the best fall color display of any tree. Most of the beautiful yellow, orange, and red colorations in Utah's canyons in the early fall come from this native tree. And because it is native to Utah it can withstand some drought. This tree is a broadleaf tree with a spreading, rounded crown. Its height will average about 35 feet, and the trunk diameter averages 9 inches at maturity. 

This maple goes by many different names including, Lost maple, Sabinal maple, Western sugar maple, Uvalde bigtooth maple, Canyon maple, Southwestern bigtooth maple, Plateau bigtooth maple, and Limerock maple. Related to the sugar maple, it was indeed a source of sugar and syrup for the early Mormon pioneers in Utah. However, unlike the maples back east it takes 40 gallons of sugar maple sap to make one gallon of syrup and the sap is much less concentrated and takes 160 gallons of sap to get one gallon of syrup. So you can see it is not quite the same high producer as other maples and never could have produced enough for trade in this region. 

Somewhat common, it can be seen in canyon areas, around Park City trails and university campuses. Its medium size makes canyon maple a good tree for small- or large-scale residential landscapes, parks or other open areas, and street plantings where the parking strip width is at least four feet (six feet is better). With its toughness and better adaptability relative to non-native maples, canyon maple has great landscape potential

Trees that stick up through the snowpack can help to hold the snowpack in place, slowing or stopping an avalanche. A thick, mature grove of evergreen trees can anchor a slab effectively! 

Trees protect communities along the Wasatch against landslides and avalanches. Forests are an affordable and ecologically friendly means of protection. Both standing and fallen trees stabilize the snowpack and prevent avalanches and can reduce the size of the snow slab that is released. In the forest, snow falls from the trees, and the canopy supports the energy balance of changing snow layers. Because the forest snowpack is subject to often unseen inconsistencies weak layers can form and can avalanche naturally or when disturbed. So a healthy and thriving surrounding forest is able to stem and buffer some avalanches. If the trees can withstand the tremendous rushing force of an avalanche, it loses energy and its progress towards the valley below.

More research and information is being gathered around the world, numerous forest avalanches have been examined, documented, and even simulated to find answers and solutions to mitigating avalanche damage. Tree anchors need to be thick enough to be effective. The more thickly spaced, the more effective. Sparse anchors, especially combined with a soft slab, have very little effect. Spruce and fir trees with branches frozen into the slab are a much more effective anchor than a tree with few low branches such as an aspen or lodgepole pine. Also, snow falling off of trees tends to stabilize the snowpack around trees.

And recently a skier caught in an avalanche that killed four people in Utah survived by clinging to a tree through the onslaught of rushing snow and later helped save two people. Winters have been especially deadly in the U.S., with avalanches coming amid increasing interest in backcountry runs as skiers try to avoid crowded resorts during the pandemic. In the US, avalanches kill 25-30 people and injure many more each winter. Some days are dangerous and some days are not … learning about avalanches will help you decide when, where, and how to visit the backcountry. Learn more about safety at: https://avalanche.org/avalanche-education/ or at https://utahavalanchecenter.org/

February 24th - Alta Ski and Trees. Due to a lot of new snow and avalanche concerns this week, TreeUtah and Alta have rescheduled our ski with an arborist series. Stay safe, we will ski and explore trees next Wednesday, same place and time, Alta 1pm!  

Feburary 27th - 9AM-1PM Wasatch Mountain State Park Snowshoe. Due to the storm and icy conditions we were not able to meet this past Saturday but a new date has been scheduled. We will learn about the local trees & history, with good company in a beautiful setting. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the tour, includes the $2 fee to get into the park & you can rent snowshoes for $3. All abilities welcome! Email:

 

February 10, 2021

For the Love of Trees

It’s time to start thinking about a thoughtful and meaningful Valentine’s gift...so why not express how much you care by showing love for the environment at the same time. In place of chocolates or jewelry, try planting or purchasing a tree in someone's honor. One way that people can demonstrate their love for others is to plant a tree because the earth is in need of more green spaces, especially in urban areas. This is a gesture that will be remembered for generations to come, especially for people who understand the value of trees, and after all what is a stroll with your "Sweetheart" without a lane of tree cover above? 

TreeUtah and the Sugar House Park Authority are pleased to present the Commemorative and Memorial Tree Program at Sugar House Park. This program offers people the opportunity to honor friends and loved ones through the planting of a tree in Sugar House Park, adding to the beauty of Salt Lake City’s greatest landmarks. Requests for particular tree varieties will be considered; however, Sugar House Park Authority has final approval. Conifers or a Broadleaf/Deciduous will be planted. Plantings will occur during the spring (April 1st — June 30th) or fall (September 1st — November 30th). Small ceremonies may be arranged by the donor and groups are encouraged to participate in the physical planting itself. Information will be provided once a donor has made a commitment to planting a tree at Sugar House Park.

All gifts are processed through TreeUtah, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Individuals or groups wishing to have a commemorative or memorial tree planted at Sugar House Park should contact TreeUtah’s Planting Coordinator, Ian by email at . 

Trees provide the very necessities we rely upon. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy, loving communities to nurture the soul.