Seeing the Urban Forest for the Trees
Join us to discover how the urban forest builds community, promotes health, improves urban design, and more.
The tour is the fourth of six events to be held as part of the Planning Division’s 2nd Annual Summer Planning Series. An RSVP is requested for each event.
DATE // Monday, August 26, 2019
TIME // 6 – 7:30 PM
LOCATION // JORDAN PARK
1050 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Did you know we live in a forest? Our city is home to a designed, managed urban forest – one that has been cultivated continuously for nearly two centuries. According to the US Forest Service, “Urban forests … include urban parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, gardens, river and coastal promenades, greenways, river corridors, wetlands, nature preserves, shelter belts of trees, and working trees at former industrial sites.” We depend on our urban forest to provide us with ecosystem services: to clean air and water, to prevent flooding through slowing stormwater flows, and to keep our city cool during the hot summer.
Unlike their woodland cousins, urban forests regularly interact with all aspects of city life, including pavement, auto emissions, salt and sand, urban heat island effect, construction impacts from development, and above and underground utilities, among others. These conditions require us to manage the urban forest differently than other forests. Urban forests need special care to survive these harsh conditions and provide ecological, social, and economic benefits. Every community member can play a part in the success of the urban forest.
Come discover how the urban forest promotes public health, reduces the urban heat island effect, improves urban design, and builds community. Learn how Salt Lake City’s Planning Division is working to expand the urban forest during a period of record building construction, and the steps we are taking to ensure existing trees on public property continue to grow and thrive.