Ray Tretheway Receives National Arbor Day Award

Sacramento, CA (July 11, 2007)- This June, the National Arbor Day Foundation recognized the vision and hard work of a select few tree planters all across the nation and around the world. Ray Tretheway, Executive Director of the nonprofit Sacramento Tree Foundation, received the prestigious Frederick Law Olmsted Award for exemplary tree planting and conservation work at the state and regional level.

Among the many reasons for recognizing Tretheway’s 25 years of greening Sacramento, the recent Greenprint initiative put forth by the Tree Foundation has been recognized as a national model of regional urban forest planning. Greenprint will help the Sacramento region harness the benefits of trees for air pollution reduction, ambient temperature reduction, and increased shade coverage resulting in reduced peak energy consumption.
“Ray is more than just a dedicated educator and tree planter, he’s been celebrating community through urban forestry for a quarter of a century. He’s the go-to guy for urban foresters across the nation,” says John Webre, President of the Board of Directors of the Tree Foundation. “Ray often receives awards for his dedication and hard work, but it is special to be recognized as a national leader,” he adds.
Indeed, Ray’s vision has led to national adoption of several Sacramento Tree Foundation programs and initiatives- including his leadership role in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District partnership- one of the most successful utility/nonprofit shade tree programs in the world. In addition, NeighborWoods – people working together to plant and care for their local trees – is now a nation-wide program adopted by the Home Depot Foundation and Alliance for Community Trees. Think of this in October when cities celebrate NeighborWoods month with community tree planting and care days.
Tretheway also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Community Trees, and works with other statewide urban forestry groups, such as California ReLeaf and the California Tree Collaborative.
This award is especially timely as it comes during the Tree Foundation’s year long 25th anniversary celebration. The Tree Foundation’s next celebration will be July 28th, 2007 in McClatchy Park. For more information about this or other 25th anniversary events, visit the Tree Foundation’s website at www.sactree.com.
For more information, contact:
Constance Crawford
Communications Coordinator
Sacramento Tree Foundation
201 Lathrop Way Suite F
Sacramento CA, 95815
916-924-8733, x118