They've got it all wrong. The orange construction barrel has been the
state tree for many, many years now.
I personally like the idea. Utah is much more well known for its quaking aspens
than it is for the Blue Spruce. For instance, Pando, debatably the worlds
largest plant is in Utah, and is a Quaking Aspen.
I'm so glad out elected officials have fixed all the other problems out
there so they had time to move onto changing the state tree.
Now if we could just replace the 'California' Gull we'd be set.
If the purpose of designating as state tree is to recognize what makes Utah
different from other places, the Picea Pungens (Blue Spruce) is found all along
the Wasatch, Uintah, Colorado Rockies and Tetons, wherever water flows year
around and summers are cool enough. And yes that includes places like Bryce and
Zions.Even more unique to Utah is the Acer grandidentatum (Big Tooth
Maple). It is found in great abundance all along the Wasatch, from Kanab to
Jackson's Hole with a couple of small clusters near Flagstaff and Silver
City and is the primary source of red fall colors in our mountains.Other than Pando, which is dying, there is nothing about the Quaking Aspen
that is unique to Utah. Indeed, it is found all over central Alaska, most of
Canada, Great Lakes and New England states as well as all of the Mountain
States. It is anything but distinctive of Utah and is certainly not as numerous
as the Utah Juniper or the Gamble Oak.
It's about time!I always wondered at the wisdom of having a
*Colorado* blue spruce as the State tree and a *California* gull as our State
bird.I guess it is evidence that we are more cosmopolitan than the
critics ever admitted....
We also need to change the state rock -- coal. We have a tendency to ignite it
to give our air that unique Utah look and taste... Perhaps our new state rock
can be paved asphalt to match those orange construction barrels!
benjoginko: Amen, brother, amen.No One: Oh, the horror.
Blasphemer!Ultimately, based on the ability of the Aspen to produce
an over abundance of "suckers", maybe they got it right.
I have a Blue Spruce. Even though it was an odd name for a child, he is tall
and handsome. When he heard the news of the possible change he was very
distraught and it was like his limbs had fallen. The recognition he has always
enjoyed will be lost and it will probably require counseling to get him through,
but I know he will make it. We also have a friend whose daughter is
named Aspen, so we are both happy and sad with the change. Incidentally, there has to be some humor in the State Legislature. I have
been there and done that and an issue like this keeps everyone on the House
Floor rather than being in the kitchen.
Thank you. It is Ironic that we as Utahans have had to rely on other state named
plants and animals to be our state representative of Utah. The COLORADO blue
spruce and the CALIFORNIA seagull. Come on Utah lets pick a new state animal
now. How about a mule deer or big horned elk?