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Announcing our New Education Programs Manager

October 27, 2015

We are happy to introduce our new Education Programs Manager, Pamela Sanchez. For almost ten years, Pamela has perfected her skills as an expert Community Forester educating property owners about the value of trees and how to optimize their benefits through strategic placement and species selection. Pamela is especially interested in and skilled at teaching people how to plant and care for their trees to ensure their long and healthy survival. Pamela received her degree in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry from UC Davis and is a Certified Arborist - Municipal Specialist. Learn a little more about Pamela and her love of our urban forest.

When did your love for the urban forest begin?

My favorite tree when I was growing up in Santa Barbara was a Monterey pine in our backyard – I could climb all the way to the top by myself, feel the slight sway of the trunk in the wind, and see the ocean. Visiting the giant sequoia trees on annual camping trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks when I was a kid also made a “big” impression on me. Trees have always been an important part of my life, and led me north to study horticulture and urban forestry at UC Davis. I grew to like this well-canopied area so much, I have made my home in the City of Trees.

Why have you chosen a career with the Sacramento Tree Foundation?

I first learned about the Sacramento Tree Foundation while in college, and the mission highlighting the importance of our urban forest really resonated with me. Since the majority of us humans live in urban areas -- we need the trees' benefits around us, and we need a way to connect to nature on a daily basis. I was so excited to start working for the Sacramento Tree Foundation in 2006 (actually working outside planting oak trees), and I am still excited to work here today!

What are you most looking forward to in your new position as our Education Programs Manager?

Moving from being a Community Forester and arborist for many years, to now managing our education programs is an exciting new challenge for me. I look forward to learning a lot while continuing to work with a great team, sharing with the region all that trees do for us and how to keep them healthy!

What’s your favorite tree and why?

So cheesy, but so true: my favorite tree is the right tree in the right place! It depends on the location and climate. But that said, I especially adore valley oaks (majestic form with sculptural branches and they get HUGE), California buckeye (silvery bark, beautiful flowers, and the coolest shiny seeds), peach trees, persimmon trees… I could go on and on.

Pamela and her team are ready to help you find the tree of your dreams or answer any questions you might have about care, you can reach them at treetips@sactree.com. Better yet, come meet Pamela at one our upcoming pruning clinics happening at local libraries throughout Sacramento. < /p>