It’s been over a year since the disastrous windstorm that toppled 1,300 trees and damaged another 4,000 trees in Salt Lake City. Efforts to replant all of those trees will continue through the fall.
Director of urban forestry Tony Gilot says by the end of the fall, the number of new trees will outnumber the number of trees lost in the windstorm.
The current drought and extreme heat in Utah make it difficult for trees to grow. Gilot says with the proper care, though, they can thrive. He says it’s important to get them planted sooner than later because they bring immediate benefits to the community, such as cleaner air quality.