Quaking aspen just needs governor's signature to become Utah's state tree

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  • silverbear Goshen, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    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?

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 5:59 a.m.

    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!

  • Nayajja Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 20, 2014 5:29 a.m.

    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....

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    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.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:48 p.m.

    Now if we could just replace the 'California' Gull we'd be set.

  • benjoginko Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 6:57 p.m.

    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.

  • A Run South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    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.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    They've got it all wrong. The orange construction barrel has been the state tree for many, many years now.