Beatrix Sieger

Beatrix Sieger

Celebrate the Three Creeks Confluence with live music, beer, food trucks, and more. All ages welcome! Three of our creeks, Red Butte, Emigration, and Parleys, spill into the Jordan River at the same location, starting with City Creek, each waterway was traced from headwaters to their confluence with the Jordan River. Connecting to the trail will also provide access to other community spaces, such as the elementary school and community center located a few blocks away. 

TreeUtah is excited for this new additon to the city parks system, we had some really great tree plantings with outstanding community volunteers to help plant and prepare this natural space for a much anticipated opening! The site now features the restored creek channel as it flows into its confluence with the Jordan River complete with native plants and trees. 

Ven celebrar la apertura del parque más nuevo de Salt Lake City, Confluencia de Tres Arroyos! Con música en vivo, cerveza y camiones de comida. ¡Todas edades bienvenidas!

Watch a Native American dance and drum performance by Sunwater Singers from 6-7P and enjoy the folk melodies of First Daze from 7:30-9P.

The Salt Lake City Arts Council will share information on the beautiful community art at the site and artists will be available to discuss pieces from 7:15-8P. Learn about local causes from ArtsBridge, Glendale Community Council, Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families, Neighborhood House, NeighborWorks, Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands, Salt Lake City Public Library, Tracy Aviary, and Utah Water Watch.

Friday, July 9, 2021 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Three Creeks Confluence 950 1300 S Salt Lake City, UT, 84104

As the globe heats up, cities across America are moving to increase their tree canopy to mitigate urban heat island effect. "Urban Heat Islands" occur when cities have dense concentrations of pavement, buildings, and other surfaces that absorb and retain heat from the sun. We have seen this not only in Utah but across the nation, this climate change will lead to more frequent, more severe, and longer heatwaves during summer months and making a healthy tree canopy all the more important.

Have you noticed yourself on a hot summer day choosing to walk on the shaded side of the path or sidewalk? If you have ever crossed the street to walk on the tree-shaded side you are already familiar with urban heat island and what it feels like, usually up to 30 degrees cooler! Planting shade trees on the south and west faces of your house can reduce winter heating bills by up to 15% and summer cooling bills by up to 50%. Studies have shown that well-treed businesses project a warm, welcoming and inviting atmosphere for shoppers who tend to linger and spend more time shopping, resulting in some cases in a business increase of up to 11%.

For instance, the National Weather Service data shows that, in four of the past five Julys in Salt Lake City, 25 days or more were over 90 degrees. Meanwhile, climate scientists say Utah is warming about twice as fast as the global average.

One of the easiest ways trees in urban areas can help diminish heat is shade. Trees keep urban neighborhoods cooler, reduce air conditioning bills and, most importantly, protect the most vulnerable populations during heat waves. Elderly people, young children and lower-income or on the streets population are especially at risk. Trees also remove heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the air, they absorb harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide, also releasing oxygen. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that shaded areas can be up to 20-45 degrees cooler than areas that lack shade. This means trees are particularly valuable along the Wasatch Front and other areas in Utah that struggle with ozone and particulate matter pollution.

That lack of tree cover can make a neighborhood hotter, and a joint investigation by NPR and the University of Maryland's Howard Center for Investigative Journalism found just that: Low-income areas in dozens of major U.S. cities are more likely to be hotter than their wealthier counterparts, and those areas are disproportionately communities of color. People who live in poorer, historically "minority" communities, where many residents rent and have less ability to landscape or plant trees, are more at risk of heat-related illnesses than the people in more well-off communities. 

Besides tackling urban heat, planting more native trees in cities comes with lots of bonuses, like food resources for wildlife, better water quality in our urban waterways, green corridors that will store carbon, and spaces that people will want to spend time in and enjoy as a community. 

There are some simple and effective nature-based solutions for cooling our cities. Planting trees in our state's urban areas is an invaluable investment for cities, people, and our precious environment. 

 

TreeUtah encourages you to be water-aware. Since summers in Utah are hot and dry, it is important to make sure your trees are getting enough water. Due to differing elevations, microclimates, and tree species, it is not possible to recommend an exact amount of water that any given tree needs, but follow the guidelines below to be sure your trees have the water they need.

Infrequent, deep watering is more beneficial than frequent, shallow watering. Unestablished trees should be watered 1-2 times per week to a depth of 2-4.” Deep watering ensures that the tree roots grow deeper in the soil, which allows them to be more drought-tolerant later in the tree’s life.

How to Check if Trees Need Water

Over-watering a tree can be just as harmful as under-watering, so be sure to check before watering. Use a garden trowel or even your hand to create a small, narrow trench near the trunk of the tree. The trench should be 2-4″ deep. If the soil is moist to the touch, the tree doesn’t need water. If the soil is dry, give the tree water.

Watering Newly Planted and Non-Established Trees

The first 2 years of a tree’s life is critical for survival. The tree is establishing its root system in the soil and is sensitive to stressors like heat and drought. Water a newly planted tree immediately after planting and routinely check the soil moisture often to be sure the tree has enough water for the next 2 growing seasons. After the tree is established, it will have an easier time adjusting to heat and drought conditions.

Gator Bags

Another easy way to be sure your unestablished tree has enough water is to use a gator bag. This is a zip-up bag that goes around the trunk of the young tree. Fill the bag with water and it will slowly drip out of the bag to water the tree. The bag will need to be filled about once every 5-7 days.

Look here for drought-tolerant trees: https://treeutah.org/tree-guide#climate-adapted-for-a-hotter-and-drier-future and here: https://cwel.usu.edu/water-wise-plants

Due to the severe drought right now, we recommend watering 2 times per week in Northern Utah and 3 times a week in Southern Utah to help extend the water supply. The goal during extreme drought conditions isn’t lush landscapes but rather “survival watering” to keep high-value plants alive like trees and shrubs. Grass is resilient and can survive with as little as 1″ of water a month. It won’t be green and will enter dormancy during times of drought and high temperatures but will recover when conditions improve. Thank you for doing your part to #SlowTheFlow! Find more drought info at: Drought.utah.gov Find drought tips at: SlowTheFlow.org

Two amazing events to benefit TreeUtah and get more trees planted - June 12th!

The Wild Earth Market is Saturday, June 12 from noon to 6 pm! They have generously selected TreeUtah as the nonprofit beneficiary of donations for every sale at this year's market! The goal of the Wild Earth Market is to create a culture of conscious consumerism. It's a place where the community can support local artists - and in return, 10% of all sales will be donated back to TreeUtah to plant more trees! You can check out the local artists supporting TreeUtah at the Wild Earth Market at www.wildearthslc.com. Visit our booth there for TreeUtah stickers and to find out how to get involved at TreeUtah! 

Summer fun is coming up quick! Join TreeUtah, and Little City for a night of outdoor music, food, and beer. Families and all ages welcome. Relax, have a snack, and learn more about TreeUtah.

Little City is a weekly beer garden with local craft beer. Open to all ages (ID/21+ for beer). This year they will also raise funds for local nonprofit organizations.

June 12, 6-10 PM
855 South 400 West
Salt Lake City’s Granary District

Throughout the calendar year, we provide education and hands-on learning for all demographics, K-Higher Education. Tree plantings at K-12 schools are a great way to educate your students about trees and empower them to take ownership of their own environment. TreeUtah will bring kid-sized tools, trees, mulch and a curriculum for planting the trees. You can apply for our Tree Planting Grants (below) or if you have a business, you can contact us to sponsor a tree planting at a school of your choosing.

Read about some of these very special tree plantings and experiences we have engaging with our Utah education system communities. 

We spent a beautiful Saturday at the Bonneville Junior High Day of Service with Ivory Homes with so much gratitude to all the amazing volunteers and community who came out to serve and plant trees! Educating our young planters once again. We planted 7 new trees with students at Parkview Elementary. Trees provide shade, healthy air, and important habitats. Awesome work 4th and 5th graders. One of the students said that he used to want to be a baseball or basketball player when he grows up, but now he wants to be a forester! And at Rees Elementary School we planted 10 new Bosnian Pine trees on the school grounds. 

Important native tree plantings are happening this year at Jordan River with fantastic students from Granger High School and Judge Memorial. We planted harvested willow and cottonwoods native to the area to help reforest and restore natural habitat. During these events we also picked up over a dozen large bags of trash, highlighting the beauty of the natural area along the river even more. Students even gave up Spring Break time to serve and plant. 

TreeUtah spent a beautiful day at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School for a fun and educational tree planting. The Kauri Sue Hamilton School is a center-based school for students with significant disabilities. The land was donated by Cletus and Sharon Hamilton in gratitude for the special education services. TreeUtah is happy to be able to help further educate and beautify this space.

For higher education and adults, We teach workshops, guided tree identification nature hikes, and host permaculture workdays at our EcoGarden. Visit our Events page to see what's coming up!

To schedule a school visit or for more information regarding these programs, contact our Education Coordinator at  or 801-364-2122.

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.