STEP

Help us Save our Elms: Take a Walk, Save a Tree

2017 Training Dates

Want to join our team of citizen scientists this year? Check out the dates for our upcoming trainings for the Save The Elms Program. 

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About STEP

For more than 30 years we have trained volunteers to advocate and care for our urban forest. The Save The Elms Program builds on that foundation by training citizen scientists to help identify Dutch elm disease symptoms in order to slow the spread of the disease.

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GreenprintMaps

Want to know if there are elms needing monitoring in your neighborhood? Check out GreenprintMaps and find out! In addition to seeing where our elms are located, you can also learn about their incredible value to our community. Annually, our public elm trees save us more than $200,000 through energy conservation, carbon storage, air quality improvements and so much more.  » Check it Out »

STEP Citizen Scientist

Interested in helping the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento identify elm trees that may be infected by Dutch elm disease? Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientists will help us identify unhealthy trees by visually monitoring public elms throughout the summer.

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Meet our Expert Task Force

Our Expert Task Force ensures STEP efforts are science based, locally appropriate, and measurable. 

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News See all

Save The Elms Program Celebrates Success!

It's a wrap! 2016 was a pilot year for our Save The Elms Program as we brought it back from a multi-year hiatus. For year one, we had the simple goal of training 50 volunteers to monitor at least 500 of our approximately 2200 public elm trees. Great news, we sprinted past our goals with 50 volunteers monitoring 750+ elms, 34% of the population! What's more? 25 of those volunteers attended our STEP celebration to offer advice and guidance for STEP 2017.

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Save The Elms Training Success Story!

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms: Part 2

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms: Part 1

How-To See all

Trees for Neighborhoods

The NeighborWoods Program is your opportunity to grow the forest in your very own neighborhood! This program focuses on building investment in your neighborhood by working toward a greater, greener vision through trees. Work directly with one of our expert Community Foresters to plant the right trees in the right places throughout your neighborhood and maximize the many benefits of trees for your community.

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Choose the Best Tree for your Space!

Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty database for tree characteristics you’re most interested in! We created a list of the very best trees for our region and now you can easily search our online database for trees that meet your needs. Happy planting!

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Events See all

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientist Training

Coloma Community Center, Sacramento

Saturday, April 8 9:00A - 11:00A

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento are recruiting volunteer Citizen Scientists to monitor the city's remaining public elms for signs of Dutch elm disease (DED) this summer. This training will teach you everything you need to know to get started!

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Learn at Lunch: New Invasive Pests Threatening our Urban Forests

Location TBD

Thursday, April 13 11:30A - 1:00P

The California Urban Forest Council, Sacramento Region Chapter “Learn at Lunch” series provides advanced educational opportunities for urban forestry professionals and the public. Learn at lunch presentations are provided every 2 months. Sessions are free. ISA CEU's are requested for each session. (Lunch is not provided. Please bring your own food and beverage.)

This session will be presented by Thomas Smith, Ph.D of CAL FIRE.

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