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SACRAMENTO TREE FOUNDATION NAMES WESTERVELT ECOLOGICAL SERVICES AS LEGACY AWARD WINNER
Sacramento, Calif. – June 8, 2011 -– The Sacramento Tree Foundation recognized Westervelt Ecological Services as this year’s Legacy Award winner for an Inspirational Oak Grove. Presented at the annual Tree Hero Awards Dinner, the award honors a tree, landscape or woodland and recognizes the innate worthiness of a specific tree or landscape, as well as the beauty and value of these living entities.
The inspirational grove honored this year is within the Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank and is located south of Sacramento, near the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers. The property is being restored from an actively tilled farm field to a riparian floodplain forest, subject to the natural flows of the Cosumnes River. Historic aerial photos, dating back to 1929, show the honored group of trees is part of a larger riparian complex that has long since disappeared through agricultural development.
The remaining grove has been irreplaceable as an inspirational tool during restoration. It has guided the planting design, and has provided the acorns to be used throughout the restoration site. The grove will expand over time and eventually connect to the Cosumnes River Preserve forest to the north. This will become a critical piece of the riparian matrix along this stretch of the two rivers. Just like a small acorn that grows into a majestic oak, this small grove will grow to become a celebrated native forest.
Greg Sutter, Executive Vice President of Westervelt Ecological Services, said, “We are greatly honored to be given this award by the Foundation. The preservation and assurance of the future management of this grove of trees will help maintain the legacy of trees that the Sacramento region is known for.”