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

2018 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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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

2017 Save The Elms Program (STEP) Wrap-Up

On a cool, sunny morning in late September, members of our team of volunteer Citizen Scientists, SacTree’s staff, and the City of Sacramento’s staff gathered for delicious brunch under the oaks and elms in Land Park to celebrate another successful year of our Save The Elms Program (STEP). It had been exactly a year since we last met for the purpose of discussing the overall impact of our team’s efforts to monitor Sacramento’s public American and English elms for the pervasive Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure which has ravaged our city’s elms since the 1990’s. As our monitoring season wasnearing its end, everyone was anxious to find out how we did this time around

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Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Update

Save The Elms Program Celebrates Success!

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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

Planting Leader Orientation

Sacramento Tree Foundation Office

Thursday, March 22 6:00P - 7:30P

Join our team of Planting Leaders in growing and protecting the best urban forest in the nation! At this orientation, you'll learn about our mission and programs, how to effectively lead volunteers at tree planting and care events, and what being a Planting Leader for habitat restoration or urban tree planting projects involves going forward. Planting Leaders commit to supporting at least 1 event per month October through May. For more information about the Planting Leader program, visit

You must have volunteered at a tree planting or care event to be eligible to attend the orientation for Planting Leaders.

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CommuniTree Bike Tour

Sutterville Bicycle Company

Sunday, March 25 1:30P - 4:30P

The Sacramento Tree Foundation will partner with the Hollywood Park Neighborhood Association for a leisurely ride around our neighborhood to view the beautiful and historic trees that line our streets! After the tour, we'll meet back at Two Rivers Cider Company to listen to live music and grab food from a local food truck. Sutterville Bicycle Company will provide free Bike Safety Inspections at their nearby shop located at 2365 Sutterville Bypass.

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