130 trees are coming down in Salt Lake County

Sep 7, 2023, 8:00 PM

Wheeler Farm starts a project to take down 130 trees....

Wheeler Farm starts a project to take down 130 trees. (An Errant Knight)

(An Errant Knight)

MURRAY, Utah — In a move that has raised eyebrows and sparked discussions among the local community, Salt Lake County has commenced a tree removal project.

The project, began on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Wheeler Farm. Crews aim to remove about 130 trees from the area, drawing both support and concern from residents.

Wheeler Farm, located at 6300 South and 9th East in Murray, is a popular spot for families. The Farm offers a range of recreational activities. Among the activities are farmers’ markets in the summer and the Pumpkin Days Maze in the fall.

The decision to remove a significant number of trees has stirred emotions in the community. Many have fond memories associated with these trees.

Why take the trees down?

Elizabeth Solis, with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, clarified the intention behind this controversial move.


The removal primarily targets trees in the dam embankment area, which play an integral role in the engineered structure. These trees have suffered from inadequate irrigation, relying solely on natural sources such as rain and snow, which has led to their unhealthy condition.

Extreme weather conditions, like we’ve had in the pass few months, have also compromised the integrity of many of the trees in the area.

Solis emphasized that the removal project has been carefully planned, with the county collaborating with Tree Utah to plant new trees in the farm to compensate for the loss.

Safety concern over 130 trees

Kade Moncur, division director of Salt Lake County Flood Control, highlighted the critical safety concerns associated with the trees on the dam embankment.

Trees hinder the county’s ability to inspect the dam effectively, potentially leading to severe issues during high runoff events. They can also attract rodents, and their roots can compromise the dam structure.

Moncur also noted that public safety is the number one priority. Ensuring the proper functioning of the detention basin will help prevent future flooding.

The trees will be chipped and recycled as mulch after they are removed. Additionally, the root systems will be milled down, and any impact on the dam embankment will be repaired.

Many locals have expressed their nostalgia and love for the trees. The county’s decision underscores the importance of maintaining infrastructure for the safety of the community.

As the project progresses, it will be essential to find a balance between preserving natural beauty. Safeguarding against potential hazards at Wheeler Farm is the goal.

Related: Alta Ski Area to host annual tree planting day

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.  

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Possible hoax threats against Utah schools were made this morning and police are on standby in case...

Mark Jones

Woman dies in rock climbing fall in Rock Canyon

A woman died following a rock climbing fall on Saturday, Provo police say.

2 hours ago

Jack Walpole stays cool by sitting in his chair in the water as he and his family enjoy the day at ...

Emma Keddington

Utah getting two new community fishing ponds

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wildlife board approved the new fisheries that will open next year.

10 hours ago

Shelves of bottled water were far from full Friday at Fremin's Food Market in Port Sulphur, Louisia...

Jamiel Lynch and Rachel Ramirez, CNN

An October saltwater intrusion could threaten drinking water in New Orleans, so they’ll barge in 36 million gallons of fresh water a day

The US Army Corps is planning to barge 36 million gallons of fresh water daily into the lower Mississippi River near New Orleans.

1 day ago

Weber county partners with Qnergy to turn methane emissions from closed landfills into energy....

Derrick Jones

Weber County partners with Qnergy to turn pollution into energy

Weber County is partnering with Qnergy, a leading methane abatement solution provider, to step towards environmental sustainability.

2 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY -- With just a week until a potential government shutdown, Utah leaders are saying U...

Clayre Scott

‘We’ll find the money’: Utah leaders working to keep national parks open during potential government shutdown

With just a week until a potential government shutdown, Utah leaders are saying national parks will remain open without federal funding. 

2 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Great Lakes’ frigid fresh water used to keep shipwrecks so well preser...

TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

Historians race to find Great Lakes shipwrecks before quagga mussels destroy the sites

Quagga mussels have carpeted thousands of shipwrecks, layering themselves so thickly their weight could topple bulkheads and decks on wooden vessels.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

130 trees are coming down in Salt Lake County