Quaking aspen officially named new Utah state tree

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure changing the state tree from the blue spruce to the quaking aspen.

The change was propelled by a fourth-grade class at Monroe Elementary School in Sevier County. Students there argued the aspen was a better representation of Utah because it has a strong root system akin to the state’s cultural focus on family history and genealogy.

Herbert signed the bill Wednesday and visited that morning with the class that urged the legislation.

Monroe Republican Sen. Ralph Okerlund sponsored the legislation making the change.

He says the quaking aspen is more prevalent than the blue spruce and can be found throughout the state.

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