The House floor moved between science class and comedy hour before voting 54 to 19 to oust the blue spruce as the Utah state tree in favor of the quaking aspen. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.
"Since 1933, the Utah state tree has been the Colorado blue spruce. This is a travesty," joked bill sponsor Rep. Brad Wilson. "The Colorado blue spruce makes up less than 1 percent of Utah's forests and it is found only in northern Utah so if you are from southern Utah or Central Utah you should be even more incensed by this travesty."
The Kaysville Republican said the aspen makes up 10 percent of Utah forests and is found throughout the state. He also said the tree is important food for livestock and water storage, provides habitat for hunting animals, and is seen in advertising to promote Utah. "The largest known organism on the planet Earth is actually located in Utah. It called the Pando aspen clone. It's adjacent to Fish Lake and it covers 106 acres and it is made up of 47,000 aspen trees," Wilson said.