Matt Gade, Deseret News
Temple in St. George

According to Thomas Bullock, when the first party of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake area, they saw an extensive valley "dotted in 3 or 4 places with timber."

What a difference 168 years can make.

Today, Utah is home to 85 Tree City USA communities. These are communities that have met the four standards required to claim that title, as set by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

The standards are: (1) A tree board or department, (2) a tree care ordinance, (3) a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, (4) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.