The Sacramento Valley Urban Forests Council serves the region surrounding the California state capital, Sacramento. An active council, the Sacramento Valley Urban Forests Council hosts regular “learn at lunch” workshops. See the events page for more information.

Proposed New Construction at CA State Capitol Park –
Secrecy in the Planning Process and its Effects

Speaker: Paula Peper

Over 100 trees will be impacted, either through removal or through potential moving to new locations, with the planned construction at the State Capitol. Paula will virtually present the planned construction blueprint for the Capitol East Annex Project based on the latest Draft and Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Reports, the number of trees within the footprint, a bit of their history, the ecosystem services they provide, and the secrecy surrounding the project overall. Her focus is that this State’s people should know and have a say to what happens to their trees, the overall landscape, and the restored Capitol as well as the historic East Annex prior to a shovel hitting the ground.

Paula Peper Bio

Paula spent 28 years in the US Forest Service (USFS), a career that spanned everything from outhouse cleaner to Sierra backcountry patrol to urban ecologist at the USFS Center for Urban Forest Research in Davis, CA. After retirement in 2014, she opened the business as a historical environmental consultant, producing three books on local history, consulting for Sacramento’s indigenous Nisenan Indians, and advising on tree propagation, selection, and preservation. She recently resigned her position of the Historic State Capitol Commission in protest over the secrecy surrounding the new East Annex Project at the State Capitol.

Representatives

Anne Fenkner

Anne Fenkner

Representative

Julia Gowin, PhD

Julia Gowin, PhD

Representative