One Million Trees for One Million People
"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now" --Anonymous
Mayor Ben McAdams is building on the environmental sustainability work begun by his predecessor Mayor Corroon.
Salt Lake County has changed. From islands of population surrounded by a sea of farmland, the County is now a growing urban landscape, with precious pockets of open space. To shape the future of the county, we must act now.
Mayor Corroon announced in 2007 One Million Trees for One Million People, a ten-year campaign to plant one million trees in Salt Lake County by 2017. With your help, we will grow a community forest that will provide a wealth of benefits throughout Salt Lake County.
One simple and effective way to contribute to the health and well-being of future generations is to plant trees. Trees, like libraries, museums, and parks, are investments in a shared future. Trees and the urban forest canopy they comprise are our County's green infrastructure.
The urban or community forest makes our cities and county livable. As our population grows the urban forest becomes an essential component of our quality of life.
The One Million Trees campaign is designed to involve our youngest children and our oldest citizens in the regeneration of our urban landscape. It is an ambitious but achievable campaign based on community partnerships and collaboration. We want to involve every resident in projects designed to beautify our neighborhoods, bring us together, and reduce the impacts of living in a rapidly growing area.
As we develop the campaign we will need volunteers, project ideas, community leadership, and lots of shovels! Find out how you can get involved. In the meantime, explore the world of trees and learn more about the benefits of community forests.