Honoring a tree, landscape or woodland. This award recognizes the innate worthiness of a tree or landscape, as well as the beauty and value of these living entities.
Natomas Oaks - Austin B. Carroll Grove
Surrounded by a woodland of ancient native
valley oaks, visitors are seemingly transported back throughout California
history. These trees, some 375 years old, graciously shared their home over the
ages with indigenous tribes, pioneering farmers, countless deer, quail, and
woodpeckers, and now modern visitors. This picturesque grove offers the urban
dweller an opportunity to visit a time when nature and humans more peacefully
coexisted. With large branches collecting moisture from the earth to be
delivered skyward, the canopy forms an interlocking familial chain that creates
a cathedral-like dome enveloping this acreage. It reminds us of the need to
preserve what once was and what should always be for the generations to come.
-Richard Perez, City of Sacramento Parks Operations