Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Garry Oak and Chief Leschi
“Trees are sometimes used to commemorate or memorialize important events like the birth of a child, the life of a hero, or the death of a loved one,” explains Sarah Low, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation. “This week I would like to bring your attention to one such memorial tree in Oakbrook Plaza at 8111 Steilacoom Blvd. just north of the Oakbrook neighborhood in Lakewood. It is a garry oak, Quercus garryana, which stands next to a marker that serves to remind us in 1858 Chief Leschi was wrongly executed by the American government 300 yards away. Chief Leschi had protested the displacement of the Nisqually People.”
This garry oak is this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.
“In 2004, the American government officially exonerated Chief Leschi, but, while his name is widespread, the events that precipitated his death are less well known,” adds Low. “This tree and monument reminds us of the importance of bearing witness to injustice and of acknowledging wrongdoings in order to do better. You can learn more about the Nisqually People here, learn more about the marker here and then take a drive out to see this beautiful tree for yourself.”
Check out this garry oak and historic marker in Lakewood, and then head north for a growler fill of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish.
Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints. We will host TTF fundraisers during Tree-dimensional IPA’s reign as our house beer, which pours through October 2020.