2,021 for 2021

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A Growing Opportunity for Our Community

In 2021, Eugene will welcome the IAAF World Track and Field Championships and thousands of visitors from across the globe will get to experience our wonderful Willamette Valley. As one of the many projects the City of Eugene will be doing to offset the carbon footprint associated of such a large event, Parks has launched an initiative to plant 2,021 giant sequoia trees by 2021.

While working hard to clean the air, the giant sequoia will also make our community more attractive, livable and prosperous. They will be planted in our shared public areas such as parks and street medians, as well as in private spaces like schools, local businesses and homes.

The 2,021 for 2021 project will boost our urban forest and turn hosting the championships into a more sustainable opportunity for the southern Willamette Valley.

  1. Why giant sequoias?
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Giant sequoia grow quickly and are low maintenance because they are resistant to drought, wind, flooding, fire, and damage. This species is especially efficient at carbon sequestration - cleaning the air by capturing carbon from the environment. Compared to the average medium tree as defined by the EPA, over ten years a giant sequoia is 184% more effective at carbon sequestration.

Providing for Future Generations

What we plant today will be enjoyed, respected, and relied upon by those in our community decades from now. These trees will become legacies in our community and will help commemorate the event, as well as reduce our carbon footprint.