People and landscapes that best exemplify outstanding accomplishments in tree planting, care and stewardship, as well as the overall importance of trees.

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.


Leland Ruth

This year we are thrilled to present Lee Ruth with the C.K. McClatchy Award! As a founding member of the River Park Tree Canopy Project, Lee’s leadership resulted in four community plantings that gave homes to 100 new trees throughout this neighborhood. Along with Councilmember Jeff Harris, he also planted eight trees at Glenn Hall Park and, by himself, kept them watered through the drought years to ensure their survival. His stewardship of public trees includes the care and watering of trees at McKinley Park as well. This Tree Hero has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the growth and health of our canopy in so many ways.