2009 Tree Heroes

2009 C. K. McClatchy Award

Dan Pskowski

Dan Pskowski served tirelessly for 18-years as the City of Sacramento Arborist for Urban Forest Services. Often he volunteered his own time to attend neighborhood meetings so that he could interact with and support the Sacramento community. Dan worked diligently to address the public’s concerns about tree care and removal while utilizing sound scientific principles of arboriculture. He was always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcomes for trees and people alike. Dan understands that our urban forest is made up not only of trees, but also of the people who live beneath them.

Dan has been a true champion for the cause of Sacramento trees. His years of dedication to preserving our historic trees and helping the next generation of trees grow-up healthy and strong is a major gift to our region.

2009 Austin B. Carroll Award

Parker Development Company

Parker Development Company’s commitment to saving and protecting trees during the development process of two of its master planned communities, The Parkway and Serrano, serves as an incredible example of urban forest stewardship. Throughout the building processes, they have taken great strides to integrate existing trees into their community design, as well as to plant new trees.

The Parkway is comprised of 612 acres where the natural riparian environment, degraded by mining and high-intensity ranching in the 1930s, was brought back to life. About 40 percent of The Parkway has been dedicated to open space, with oak woodlands, cottonwood forests, and seasonal wetlands preserved and enhanced.

48,600 oaks, cottonwood and other trees have been planted in open-space and common areas of the 3,500-acre Serrano community. Also, every effort was made to save as many oaks – and other trees – as possible during construction.

With gratitude, we honor Parker Development for keeping health, environmental stewardship, and quality of life at the center of their community building practices.

Serrano before and after pictures:

2009 Legacy Award

Mature Walnut Trees in Rancho Cordova’s Walnutwood Neighborhood

At the Walnutwood Community Education Center in Rancho Cordova, you will find the healthy remnants of an old English walnut orchard, which graced the area from the 1940s to 60s. These trees were never grafted onto black walnut stock, which is often the practice. Sadly, many of the walnut trees fell victim to development and various homeowner projects since then. Today, the seven mature walnut trees that remain are an integral part of the Walnutwood neighborhood. They define the neighborhood, give its people a sense of place, and give back countless environmental and health benefits.

These seven remaining trees are really holdouts of the past. They deserve to be recognized for their inherent qualities within our urban forest, and they remind us all of the importance of preserving and protecting our vital tree canopy.