Beatrix Sieger

Beatrix Sieger

Together let’s plant one tree per resident and help Park City thrive.

Park City Municipal and Tree Utah have launched Planting Park City, a new initiative that seeks to improve the City’s urban tree canopy. The goal of the program is to add one tree per resident to the Park City landscape – totaling roughly 8,500 trees.  

“Planting healthy, drought tolerant trees in the City helps drive down our carbon footprint and enhances our quality of life,” said Park City Mayor Andy Beerman. “Thank you to our friends at Tree Utah for collaborating with us – let’s get planting!” 

The program has several types of native, drought tolerant trees available for Park City residents to plant during the autumn 2021 planting season. Participants must reside within City limits with 84060 or 84068 zip codes.

“Tree Utah is thrilled to be able to help Park City residents plant more trees into their community forest that will filter the air and provide cooling shade for generations to come.” said Executive Director of TreeUtah Amy May.

To register for a tree, residents are encouraged to sign up here to rank their tree species preference.

The program currently has 200 trees available for pick-up with the following pick-up times available. Here are the dates you may pick up your trees from Quinn’s Junction:

Wednesday, October 13, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 17, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (rain day)

If you have any questions, please contact Celia Peterson at  .

 

Join us today (9/28) for a wonderful afternoon at the Bonanza Art Park. Join local artist Bridgette Meinhold to create a collaborative mural where participants will help her create multiple gestural drawings using the handmade charcoal paint, created from charcoal remains of the Parley's Canyon Fire. The mural will speak to the resilience of our town in response to Parley's Canyon Fire while also recognizing our vulnerability at the hands of climate change. Brigette hopes that this mural will spark discussion about improved fire management practices, ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and our stewardship of the land, water, air, and forests.

There will also be a Bulb Planting Workshop with Summit Community Gardens (4:30-5:30pm) where you will learn firsthand how to plant garlic, daffodils, and tulips to beautify your garden next spring.

Live music featuring The PickPockets and provided by Mountain Town Music will be going from 4:30-7 p.m. Don't forget that we will also have a food truck on-site along with the MARC rec trailer for games. All free and open to the public. See you there!

If you have been on social media this fall, you have already seen a number of incedible and colorful fall foliage photos! It's easy enough to find and appreciate but do you know what trees make all those candy colored mix of leaves? 

There are a number of native trees which create brilliant hues of red, orange, yellow, often all on the same tree. The bright colors comes from canyon maple, quaking aspen, scrub oak, Douglas hawthorn, serviceberries, evergreens, and more — each turning in succession. The reds you see most like come from Canyon or Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) Sometimes referred to as western sugar maple, it resembles the eastern sugar maple with its brilliant orange-red fall color. Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) Their color can be orange or even orange-red, but usually tends more toward bright yellow. Gambel or Scrub Oak (Quercus gambelii) mostly in the range of orange to red-orange. These three tree species are responsible for most of Utah's fall color. You can learn more about Utah trees and what to plant for great fall colors in your own yard here.

Three factors influence autumn leaf color and the timing of the color change also varies by plant species. The timing of color changes and the onset of falling leaves is primarily regulated by the calendar as nights become longer. None of the other environmental influences such as temperature, rainfall, food supply are as fixed as the regularly increasing length of night during autumn changes.

There are many ways to enjoy the changing leaves and whether you take a scenic drive or plan a hike or fall picnic, your exposure to nature will make you feel better emotionally and physically, reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and stress hormones. What's not love about trees? 

While there are many old trees, the oldest recorded living tree on record is a Great Bristlecone pine, believed to have a lifespan of over 5,000 years. Located in the White Mountains of California, this unnamed tree is considered the oldest living tree in the world. Methuselah, another Bristlecone pine located in Inyo County, California is second on the list, at an age of 4,847 years. And then we have General Sherman, a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth. It is estimated to be around 2,300 to 2,700 years old. More than 400 acres around the General Sherman Tree underwent a prescribed burn as recently as 2019. Prescribed burns, in which fires are set intentionally and monitored closely, can maintain the health of a forest and prevent dry overgrowth of vegetation, this action may have been the key factor in saving Sherman from the wildfires and after it was carefully wrapped in fire retardant blankets. 

When we talk about the value of a tree it is important to remember that Old-growth forests are one of the few land uses where topsoil is created instead of destroyed. More carbon and nitrogen is retained in an old-growth forest than in younger forests. As for improving water quality and air quality there is nothing better than an old-growth forest. Every community will be enriched by having old-gowth forest surrounding them. Community forests are places for recreation and wildlife habitat, also providing essential ecosystem benefits which clean our water and air.

Trees provide numerous environmental, economic, and even health benefits to people on earth. Old-growth forests are valuable, the value of a particular tree species varies with geography, Old-growth forests are often biologically diverse, and home to many rare species, threatened species, endangered species of plants and vulnerable animals. As we watch and protect our forests we can not ignore the benefits of our old trees. General Sherman was worth protecting and beyond value we can assign. In the U.S. there is a rule protecting trees over 21 inches in diameter in six national forests where most American old growth trees exist. 

September 07, 2021

9/11 Survivor Tree

The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day), is a chance to help others in tribute to those killed and injured on September 11, 2001, first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.

Tree lovers may be interested to know that a special tree exists that survived at ground zero, a Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, planted in the 1970's, a severely damaged tree was discovered at Ground Zero, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its 9 year recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth. The Callery pear tree is planted with 225 other swamp white oak trees. The Survivor Tree is a natural symbol of resilience, rebirth, and survival.  

The Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) produces thousands of five-petal white flowers in early spring before leafing out for the summer. Callery pears are known to be incredibly resistant to disease and blight. 

September 11, 2021, is the 20th Anniversary of that tragic day. Join in, step forward to serve in a remarkable spirit of unity, honor, and compassion. Remember, even a small act of service is a giant act of patriotism. Share your service story and photos, and use #911Day on social media.

Volunteer: 9/11 Utah Day of Service Saturday, September 25th - Plant Trees with TreeUtah and Donate Food to the Olympus Food Pantry

August 31, 2021

Event Photos

Alta Tree Planting Day 9/18/21 

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Matt Knoop ParkTree Planting 9/11/21

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South Salt Lake Tree Planting 9/9/21

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Thinleaf or mountain alder is a common large canyon shrub or tree, of the birch family,  widespread on the banks of streams and on hillsides in the foothills and montain forests to 10,000 feet elevation, and along stream beds. A truly magnificant benefit of alder is their ability to move nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil. This process is called nitorgen fixing. Nitrogen, the most abundant element in our atmosphere, is crucial to all life on earth. Nitrogen is found in soils and plants, in the water we drink, and in the air we all share and breathe. 

A small amount of nitrogen can be natually fixed when lightning form above strikes and provides the energy needed for N2 compound to react with oxygen, producing nitrogen oxide. This nitrogen formula then enter soils through rain or snow. Most nitrogen fixation occurs naturally, in the soil, by bacteria. Some bacteria attach to plant roots and have a symbiotic relationship with the plant. The bacteria get energy through photosynthesis and, in return, they fix nitrogen into a form the plant needs to build healhy tissue. Alder tolerates a wide variety of soil textures and pH but is most commonly grows in moist soils but is well-adapted to cold, "heavy" soils, thinleaf alder is an indicator of productive sites and common in many riparian shrublands. 

Leaves alternate; simple; ovate-oblong; 2" to 4" long; deciduous; sometimes slightly lobed; doubly serrate; thin; glabrous; dark green above, pale yellow-green beneath; petiole short. Alder wood in general is light and soft, white to pinkish color, and unnoticeable heartwood; often used in furniture, veneer, and carvings. Beacuse it is evenly textured wood that has a strong reputation for being an excellent wood for machining, Alder wood can be nailed without splitting and longlasting hardness. Its grain is better than cherry and makes for a nice finish. 

The next time you are outside see if you can identify an alder, take time and thank it for it's good nitrogen fixing job! 

Summit County Public Lands and Basin Recreation will be hosting several restoration events in partnership with Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter , Wild Utah Project and TreeUtah. They will need lots of volunteers! Healthy streams benefit many user groups and resources, such as wildlife, agriculture, and recreation. However, streams in the West are often degraded, which can sometimes be attributed to the removal of beaver from ecosystems.

Affordable, simple, and effective, the utilization of low-tech tools for restoration is an option that more and more groups are using in their restoration efforts. In addition to improving the health of these degraded areas, these low-tech restoration activities also pave the way for successful beaver re-establishment.

To make this a reality, our dedicated volunteers join us for hands-on restoration work in Utah’s degraded streams. It’s a fun day outdoors and no experience or prior training is necessary.

Sign up today to help out:

TreeUtah East Canyon Creek: https://wildutahproject.org/stream-and-riparian-restoration

9am-3pm. East Canyon Creek at Jeremy Ranch, Summit County, Utah. Meet at the Bad Apple Trailhead parking lot (40.74726, -111.562026) behind the Creekside Kids Academy in Jeremy Ranch. This project will require hiking 1/4 mile on a trail and uneven terrain from vehicles. 

As climate change intensifies, so do natural disasters such as wildfires. Recent fires like those surrounding Utah have burned longer and hotter than usual. The recent Parleys Canyon Fire here in Utah hit closer to home than the national fires we have been surrounded by, Park City Fire District crews and other fire personnel were deployed to neighborhood to protect structures in Summit Park over the canyon crestline. One of the things that draws people to live in Summit Park is its mountainous seclusion of forested hillside, this vegitation close to motorized highways create an unfortunate threat. 

While a real threat to structures, wildfire season in recent years have destroyed millions of trees. Many areas have been burned so severely that natural regeneration is not possible, making replanting necessary. Restoration is a long-term process, from assessing damage to growing seedlings to planting them over the course of many years, 

TreeUtah is committed to restoring and preserving healthy ecosystems along Utah’s urbanized Wasatch Front. Native trees are important habitat for the wildlife and will ensure these animals can continue to thrive here. Planting young native trees will also limit the impact invasive species can have on this critical habitat area. The canyons of the Wasatch Mountains are the main source of water and recreation for hundreds of thousands of people in Salt Lake County. They are also a critical habitat on the edge of the Great Salt Lake Desert for many species of wildlife. The ecosystems of this vital mountain range are under pressure from the expanding population of the Wasatch Front. In addition to continued support of state and federal forest restoration efforts, TreeUtah pledges commitment to restoring critical community landscapes and natural forestlands devastated by wildfire. 

You can help protect your home and stop the spread of wildland fires by following these eight steps. “Remember – Only you can prevent forest fires,” is a critical message. While some wildfires start from lightning strikes and other natural causes, a majority are due to human activity such as the Parleys Canyon fire with a cars faulty catalytic converter. 

Did you know there is a U-Pick fruit orchard right in Salt Lake? No! Well right now you can join us at the EcoGarden to harvest fruit, we have tons!  Plums and grapes are coming on right now, but there will soon be peaches, pluots, apples and pears. Make it a fun outing with your kids, and teach them how their food is obtained. They’ll appreciate the fresh taste even more! Fruits and vegetables are always delicious, but produce is especially amazing when fresh off the trees and sun-ripened. 

Join us Monday evenings at our work parties to help maintian the garden, or you are more than welcome to head over on your own, first come, first served!  Remember this is a community space so  be aware of new plantings and step lightly while harvesting. 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 all to utilize the space for gatherings, quiet contemplation, and of course as a source of food.

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. EcoGarden workdays will be posted on the events calendar. Please check dates and listings frequently in Spring/Summer/Fall.

There is plenty to do here, if you want to help out or just harvest don't hesitate! It's a fun and tasty way for all ages to get outside and eat local!