by Rob Turner, Sactown Magazine
"...the most controversial aspect of the project in recent months has been the plan to dig up part of Capitol Park for the private underground garage for the legislators... For those not familiar with the site, Capitol Park is essentially a living museum, filled with trees that possess cultural or historical significance—trees planted in the 1800s; trees gifted to the state by other nations; trees that were transplanted here from the battlefields of the Civil War. One tree, a coast redwood nicknamed the 'Moon Tree,' sprouted from seeds that orbited the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971."
"This December, Ray will retire as Executive Director at the Sacramento Tree Foundation after nearly four decades of service. Under his stewardship, the Foundation has planted over one million trees, giving Sacramento the well-earned title of the largest hand-planted urban forest in the world. Ray’s deep love for the area’s trees and his devotion to safeguarding their existence is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s legacy."
by Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
The state capital takes its tree-loving culture seriously, which makes it a good candidate for a fall color getaway.
by Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times
There are "links between poor air quality and risk of contracting coronavirus... People of color are more likely to breathe polluted air due to decades of racist housing and environmental policies. In California and across the country, redlining practices excluded Black people and Latinos from neighborhoods considered 'desirable' and pushed them into housing near freeways, refineries and power plants."
by Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Digs Gardening
"A strong beginning leads to a lifetime of success. That’s particularly true of trees."
by Joleane King, N Magazine
"Public servant, organizer, tree planter and friend. A longtime South Natomas resident and community leader, Ray Tretheway will be retiring this year as Executive Director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation after co-founding the nationally known, award-winning organization in 1982."