With a tree-mendous response from the community, we have already exceeded our goal of planting 2021 giant sequoias. We have concluded the planting part of this initiative and send a big thank you to those who have contributed to the success of this project.
A Growing Opportunity for Our Community
In advance of the World Athletics Championships and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene Parks & Open Space program launched 2,021 for 2021: an initiative to plant 2,021 giant sequoia trees by 2021.
While working hard to clean the air, the giant sequoia also make our community more attractive, livable and prosperous. They were planted in 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.
City of Eugene staff decided to keep the name of this project as-is (keeping the name ’2021’ instead of changing it to ’2022’) in the spirit of capturing the excitement and enthusiasm the community held for the World Athletics Championships event prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why Giant Sequoias?
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.
*The World Athletics Championships have been rescheduled to 2022