BRIGHTON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Brighton Resort, Tree Utah and Lucid Charts have partnered up to save trees.
It’s a one of a kind event where 65 volunteers are scattered over the mountain in Brighton moving seedling.
For four years, Mike Springer and his son are giving back by moving trees in the Cottonwood Canyons.
“Over the years coming up here I’ve seen trees come, trees go and it’s just a really good feeling knowing you can have an impact,” said Springer. “We spend a lot of time in these canyons hiking so its something to help out.”
Hannah Whitney works for Tree Utah and said, “We are actually working with what nature has already given us.”
Part of the reason Tree Utah partnered up with Brighton is so that they can save the little seedling. If they can move them out of the areas of the lifts and the runs, they won’t get chopped down in preparation for ski season.
“Once they start to grow a bit larger, they are going to pop out of the snow and they are either going to get hit by skiers and kind of run down or they will actually get mowed,” Whitney added.
Making it important to move these trees at a young age.
“They are adapted to the soil, the climate, the temperatures, the challenges of living at high elevation. All that stuff,” she said.
And, it brings families like the Springer’s to become closer together.
“It means a lot because you know, I love trees,” said Springer. “They are beautiful to look at. They are good for the air. They take carbon monoxide out of the atmosphere, they help take care of the environment.”
Tree Utah has worked on moving trees for various ski and snowboarding resorts. If you would like to volunteer during one of their projects visit www.TreeUtah.org.