2,021 for 2021
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.
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.
A tree can be a wonderful addition to almost any setting - beautifying the view, providing environmental resilience, and improving land value. However, it is important that careful consideration is taken in choosing where to place trees.
By choosing the right tree for the right place we can help give safety to occupants of Eugene, both human and arboreal. The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space staff is committed to ensuring we follow “Right Tree, Right Place” mantra as our community undertakes this project, to see that 2021 for 2021 has lasting success.
Trees are needed most in areas where:
- They will provide cooling shade for buildings and pavement, reducing energy demand
- They will enhance Eugene’s welcome corridors to provide a more friendly arrival to visitors from around the world
- They can reduce large mowing surfaces such as large fields
- They will not interfere with healthy native habitats
When choosing a planting site:
- Prepare for at least 20-foot radius growth space from homes, utility lines and sidewalks
- Be mindful of permanent shade created by dense foliage of adult evergreen
- Giant sequoia are suitable for most sites, but another tree may be a better fit based on soil type, sun exposure, and existing habitat
Submit a location for a sequoia on our service request page by choosing the "2021 for 2021 Sequoia Planting Initiative" from the drop-down menu.
Help us get to 2021! A giant sequoia can be a wonderful addition to your home, business or school’s landscape and the urban forestry team can help ensure you pick the right tree for the right place. Submit a location for a sequoia on our service request page by choosing the "2021 for 2021 Sequoia Planting Initiative" from the drop-down menu.
Contact Scott Altenhoff, Urban Forestry at 541-682-4817 or Scott.R.Altenhoff@ci.eugene.or.us for more information.
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.