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For more than three decades, Provo has been known, colloquially, as the city of trees USA

Whether it’s shady East Center Street, along University Avenue, or the city’s many parks and playgrounds, Provo prides itself on the urban forestry it has provided for residents.

Perhaps one of the most famous trees in the area is on the south side of the Utah County Building. The famous Banyan Tree, now supported by iron poles, is a tribute to the love the community has for its trees.

Now, future generations will hopefully have more shade and better air – which is precisely the goal of Provo City’s Thousand Trees Initiative, a community effort to foster a healthy urban forest.

Provo City is joined by the Ivory Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, both of which donated $10,000 to provide 80 new trees to the community, toward the goal of 1,000 trees.

“Planting a tree is a commitment to your community, knowing that it’s likely your children and their children who will truly appreciate the gift,” said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “Without the support of the community now – from sponsors and volunteers – we would not be able to literally grow the sustainability of our community and make this valuable investment in our future.”

The Thousand Trees Initiative Launch and Planting Event will begin with a short program from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park. The launch event will include a tree planting ceremony. After the program, more than 150 volunteers will continue to plant another 20 trees at the former KOA Campground near Geneva Road, Lakeview Park and Fort Utah Park, all at the same general location.

“We are thrilled to support the planting of hundreds of trees in Provo as part of our own 30,000 tree initiative,” said Clark Ivory, CEO of Ivory Homes. “Trees have such a big impact on our environment and air quality, and really create a sense of community.”

Ivory, along with his wife Christine, proclaim that their foundation helps create opportunity for individuals by improving access to education, creating affordable housing and building sustainable communities.

“Trees are a nature-based solution to urban heat challenges,” said Dave Livermore, TNC Utah State Director. “Tree plantings are taking place across the country and around the world. Why? Because nature plays an important role in our quality of life, whether it’s cooling temperatures and purifying the air or providing a place of respite.

Hannah Salzl, sustainability coordinator for Provo City and organizer of the initiative, added that trees contribute so much to the physical and psychological well-being of a community in addition to their environmental benefits.

“We saw such enthusiastic collaboration from local organizations to raise funds and spread awareness, as well as from the many volunteers who were so quick to get involved,” Salzl said. “It shows how committed we are all to working together to build a healthy and beautiful future.”

Salzl highlights the Thousand Trees initiative as an example of Provo’s ongoing sustainability efforts, as well as future plans.

“It’s a great way to practice the principles we stand for in Provo, which will soon be compiled into what will be the first sustainability plan for any city in Utah County,” he said. she declared.

Achieving the 1,000 tree goal is indicative of Kaufusi’s faith in Provo’s community spirit.

“The Ivory Foundation and The Nature Conservancy have continually shown their commitment to our community and environment,” Kaufusi said.

For more information on Urban Trees and the Thousand Trees Initiative, visit

Environmental efforts by Ivory Homes and the Ivory Foundation include forming a partnership with TreeUtah and UCAIR in 2018, creating Ivory Green with an ambitious goal of planting 30,000 trees in old and new communities, public parks and Utah neighborhoods.

To date, over 12,000 have been planted. These additional trees will improve air quality, reduce carbon dioxide production, lower air temperatures, improve water quality and provide beauty, shelter and natural habitat, according to a TNC statement.


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