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Stacie Scott, Deseret News
CLEARLINK employees plant trees at Parley's Historic Nature Park in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. CLEARLINK teamed up with TreeUtah to plant 1,200 in four hours.

SALT LAKE CITY — CLEARLINK employees joined forces with the nonprofit TreeUtah to embark on an ambitious project Friday to plant 1,200 trees in four hours.

The recipient land is the Parley's Historic Nature Park, 2740 S. 2700 East.

Once the seedlings reach maturity, an adult tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Over a 40-year life, the tree will absorb more than a metric ton.

"I am one of the Utahns who drive to work every day," said Paige Sjoblom, community manager at CLEARLINK. "While I wish it were an easier problem to solve, I love that CLEARLINK is giving me the opportunity to give back to the community I live in by a planting a tree that will grow up to help clean our air."

Since 1990, TreeUtah has planted more than 345,000 trees throughout the state of Utah. This year it is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

— Amy Joi O'Donoghue