To dateTreeUtah's Statewide Urban and Community Forestry program has planted thousands of trees and generated thousands volunteer hours. Our program aims to build public awareness and understanding of the needs and values of healthy community forests and to facilitate community-based tree planting projects throughout the State of Utah. We have two ways in which we do this; MetroGreening and YounGrowth. Our MetroGreening project focuses on building partnerships among local communities, government programs and private enterprises to help ensure the long-term health of our community forests. YounGrowth's goal is to educate young people about the environmental, economic, and energy-saving benefits of trees. Our 1 hour classroom program is coupled with a hands-on tree planting experience.
Trees renew our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. The amount of oxygen produced by one acre of trees equals the amount consumed by 18 people annually. Trees lower air temperatures by releasing water vapor through their leaves and shade trees can make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler. Trees also improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water, as well as protecting aquifers. These are just a few of the benefits that healthy tree communities provide us.
Kelly Washburn coordinates this program which is being funded in part by generous grants from the Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation, Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation, USDA Forest Service Urban Resources Partnership Program through the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. If you have ideas about corporations or people we should contact with information about this program or if you want more information call Kelly Washburn at (801) 364-2122.
We need your help to maintain and increase our urban forests. Your membership in TreeUtah will help us to continue to plant, care for and protect your community forests.
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