Almost 200 volunteers showed up Saturday morning to plant new landmark trees as part of a Arbor Day celebration in Stansbury Park.
Less than a year after the community’s iconic poplar trees, which were dead or dying, were cut down, 100 new sycamore trees stand in their place. The young sycamore trees, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, line Stansbury Parkway where they’re expected to live and grow for 60 or more years.
Stansbury Park Service Agency Manager Randall Jones said all of the sycamore trees, which are a mold and fungal resistant variety known as “Exclamation,” were planted by community members who brought shovels and gloves.
“We put the last one in just before the rain started,” Jones said.
It will be another year before the sycamore trees start to look fuller and healthier, he said. Sycamores don’t grow as quickly as the poplars they replace, but will grow taller and have a less extensive root system.
Each of the 100 sycamore trees that were planted cost $100.
The 220 poplar trees in Stansbury Park were about 40 years old when they were cut down last year. The service agency made the decision to cut them down since they had become a fall hazard during storms or high winds.
Jones said many of the volunteers at the Arbor Day celebration also chipped in at the cleanup to prepare the Benson Gristmill for the year. Those willing to lend a hand were transferred between the two projects as they were needed, he said.
“It worked out really well,” Jones said.