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What can we do to improve our urban forest in Salt Lake City?

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Urban Forestry

Kate Lohnes said about 7 years ago:

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Through the Sustainable City Dashboard project, Salt Lake City is sharing our plan to enhance the future of our community. We invite you to join the conversation by sharing your ideas, comments and criticisms with us. What is your vision for the future of Salt Lake City?

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Nikki Parsons about 7 years ago

The best streets are those that are lined with trees that produce a canopy effect (larger trees, such as maple, ash, sycamore, etc.,that are planted at frequent intervals and have branches that meet above the road). Not only are they more aesthetically pleasing, but they seem to slow traffic and act as a barrier between homes and busy streets.
I'd also love to see an alternative to the extreme pruning and dwarf tree-planting that is utilized to accommodate the power lines.

 

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Name not shown about 7 years ago

Salt Lake would benefit from more native shrubs & trees to sustain native birds, migratory birds, & insects, including bees. I recommend posting information on native plants & where to purchase them. I think the City should offer an incentive to home owners to plant these flowers, shrubs, & trees.

 
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Kate Lohnes almost 7 years ago

Thank you for your comment. Salt Lake City Public Utilities Water Conservation program has some excellent information on native plants, including two demonstration gardens, at http://www.slcgov.com/node/221.

 

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Name not available about 7 years ago

Partner with TreeUtah on this Goal - Their very mission revolves planting trees!! A partnership like this could work off an established effort in supporting education, caring for the trees, and more!

 
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Kate Lohnes almost 7 years ago

Thank you for your comment! We are working closely with TreeUtah on a variety of initiatives and will continue to grow our partnership in the years ahead.

 

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Name not shown about 5 years ago

We have had two trees planted by the City in the parking strip. What a great program! But I remember simply stumbling upon this program when on the city website looking for something completely unrelated. Perhaps there is a more effective way to inform the community about this program. Maybe in our water bill (either mailed version or electronic) or as pamphlets delivered in the mail or on a neighbor's doorstep. If this is cost-prohibitive, could the Forestry folks identify streets/neighborhoods/regions of the city that could benefit from this program and target those areas with pamphlets? Otherwise, fantastic program.

 

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