C.K. McClatchy Award
Honoring a long-term commitment to trees at the regional or community level. This award honors a person whose pursuit of the greening of Sacramento has become synonymous with that of C.K. McClatchy, who championed the importance of trees.
LeRoy Munsch undeniably has an passion for our parks that exemplifies the spirit of C.K. McClatchy. Over the last 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 has certainly inspired community involvement in urban forestry over the years too. He once famously ensured that a small grove of native blue oaks were protected and turned into a nature area for the community. LeRoy also led many tree plantings, instructing numerous people on the proper way to plant and care for trees.
It's difficult to put an exact price tag on the benefits of the trees that LeRoy planted. After all, how much value can one place on a shady picnic spot on a scorchingly hot summer day? We do know that LeRoy's efforts have helped the District conserve energy and save money by shading buildings from the hot summer sun and reducing the amount of water needed to keep the District's parks green and inviting. LeRoy has contributed well over $10,000 of volunteer services to the District through his tireless efforts planting and caring for trees too.
Very few have shown the commitment to and desire for improving our parks that LeRoy has over the last 20+ years. His selfless devotion to growing and protecting our urban forest, service and council to the Board of Directors of the District, and countless hours planting and caring for its trees are why the Fulton-El Camino Parks Recreation and Parks District enthusiastically nominated him for the C.K. McClatchy Award.