People and landscapes that best exemplify outstanding accomplishments in tree planting, care and stewardship, as well as the overall importance of trees.
Tree Hero Awards
This year we are thrilled to present LeRoy Munsch with the C.K. McClatchy Award, LeRoy undeniably has a passion for parks that exemplifies the spirit of C.K. McClatchy. For more than 20 years, he has almost single-handedly planted over 1,000 trees around the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District's six parks, contributing greatly to their beauty and usability. Many of the trees that LeRoy planted now stand large, majestic, and leafy where there was once only hot, open turf, providing much-needed shade, improved aesthetics, and habitat for local wildlife. LeRoy is truly a champion for our trees!
Congratulations to our 2017 Austin B. Carroll Award winner the River Park Tree Canopy Project Committee! After observing many mature, two-story-tall trees the River Park community adored being removed due to age-related issues, leading to an overall decline of the neighborhood's tree canopy before their very eyes, a group of concerned neighbors banded together to tackle this alarming threat to our urban forest. Since 2015, the River Park Tree Canopy Project Committee (RPTCP) has partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to replace trees through an annual neighborhood tree planting and educate the neighborhood and greater community about how to best care for their trees.
The City of Rancho Cordova has taken impressive steps towards improving its tree canopy over the past few years and we are happy to honor that work by presenting the City with the Growing Greenprint Award. The City of Rancho Cordova has always understood that trees are a community resource, and that growing trees on both public and private property is necessary. Over the past few years they have demonstrated that belief time and time again.
This year's Legacy Award goes to the large, regal bay tree in Fremont Park!
Those who knew Clarice
Marie Luther will tell you she would "speak for the trees" on many occasions. In the 70 years she lived in East Sacramento, she planted and stewarded countless trees and plants, educated her neighborhood on tree care and the joys of gardening, and stood up to development that threatened the trees around her. We are honored to bestow her with the Lorax Award.
Planting a tree is one way to establish a living memorial that will bring peace, joy and security for generations. Likewise, the planting of a tree can be a gratifying act, which honors the memory of a friend or relative, or recognizes a special person or occasion.
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