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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall holds a tree before capping off her 1,000 Trees Initiative for 2021 with a tree planting at Mountain View Elementary School in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

Photo of the day: Mendenhall caps off her 1,000 Trees Initiative for 2021

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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall capped off her 1,000 Trees Initiative for 2021 Monday with a tree planting at Mountain View Elementary School.

The mayor was joined at the event by volunteers from Bank of America.

During her mayoral campaign in 2019, Mendenhall said the initiative to plant 4,000 trees over her four-year term would help clean the air, while also making west-side Salt Lake City neighborhoods more welcoming.

“Because more trees really means less pollution,” Mendenhall told the Deseret News. “It means more walkable neighborhoods. It means lower crime rates. It means increased property values. It means taking pollution out of the air and making it easier to breathe and live and work and walk and play here in Salt Lake City.”