2008 Tree Heroes
2008 Legacy Award
Bannon Preserve’s mission is to preserve 5 acres of valley oak trees and improve the backyard of the 6-story office complex Natomas Corporate Center. The grove along the eastern portion of Bannon Slough contains some of the largest valley oak trees in the Sacramento valley.
The 5-acre preserve was cleaned up and restored to include lighted walking and biking trails. What used to be an eyesore for the South Natomas community has become a connection and extension to the multi-use trail that leads to Discovery Park. The space serves as a unique reminder of the power of our urban forest to connect communities.
2008 Austin B. Caroll Award
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) and their Bufferlands Program
Since 1991, Bufferlands staff has been actively working to improve and restore the existing riparian forests located within District owned land. To date, 250 acres of riparian forest and associated woodlands have been planted with 24,000 trees and shrubs. In 1993, their Trail of Trees was completed and consists of over 6 thousand native trees – within the Trail of Trees is the Children’s Forest which provides an opportunity to instill in our youth an understanding and love of Sacramento’s native vegetation and wildlife habitat.
2008 C.K. McClatchy Award
Michael has volunteered on the Sacramento Tree Foundation Board of Directors for over a decade. He is also active in many other nonprofit community efforts throughout our region. Because advocacy and public policy formation are two of Michael’s many strengths, the Tree Foundation’s native tree mitigation program has Michael to thank for the 10,000 trees our NATURE program has planted. Michael helped launch that program in 1998. The Tree Foundation is proud to honor Michael Smith for his long term commitment to improving the quality of life in our region.