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Treeman of Fallbrook receives Gold Leaf award

FALLBROOK – Roger Boddaert, known as the Treeman of Fallbrook, was honored with the Gold Leaf Award by the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture at their recent annual conference in Tucson, Ariz. Boddaert was unable to attend the conference because of work commitments, so the award was presented to him on June 9 by Mike Palat, chairman of the San Diego Regional Forests Council.

The Gold Leaf Award has traditionally been used to acknowledge outstanding Arbor Day efforts. For Arbor Day last year, Boddaert was the keynote speaker at the Good Shepherd Elementary School in Hemet, Calif. His presentation to the K through sixth grade students, titled Trees are Fabulous, was designed to educate and excite his audience about the benefits and value of trees.

Boddaert’s passion for trees is contagious and is shared with the community in a constant stream of education workshops. Roger’s Tree Pick of the Month is a regular feature in the Village News; his articles are filled with useful tree facts as well as his love and respect for nature.

One of his most challenging tree planting projects was to transform the sides of I-15 from Mission Road to the border checkpoint with 500 oak trees. He worked for months to obtain approvals from Caltrans and numerous other governmental agencies before the trees were finally planted in 2000.

Although only a few of the oak trees have survived, Boddaert has continued his efforts to improve his community with trees.


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