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We Want You!

Love the environment? Want to make a difference? Looking to work with some cool folks? Check out our new Office Admin position and apply today!

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Trees are a tool to fight Inequality

By: Matt Buland

Matt Buland (the one in the hard hat) one of our incredible Community Foresters suggests, "There should be no marathons, only short sprints to the next shade tree. BANG!!! We're off." Read more to see what he means...

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River Park NeighborWoods: A Blue Print for Success

By: Kate Riley (Volunteer Extrordinare)

Would you like the opportunity to grow and protect the forest in your very own neighborhood? Here's some advice from Kate Riley an outstanding volunteer committed to making her community greener and healthier. Fall is the best time to plant a tree and October is NeighborWoods month, so today is the day to get started in your community, learn how Kate and her neighbors got started!

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Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air! Crisp mornings, leaves changing colors, and the ubiquitous flavor of pumpkin spice have arrived. Living in one of the most diverse urban forests in the world (Sacramento boasts more than 100 different species of trees), we are fortunate each Fall to watch as our trees prepare for Winter and our urban forest becomes a wild expanse of color. Here are a few of our most favorite colorful trees available through our Sacramento Shade Program.

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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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Your Most Asked Tree Questions...

Why are my Pear Trees Leaves Brown?

Dear Arborist,

I have a flowering pear tree in my yard that a lot of brown leaves on it. I haven’t stopped watering it, what is going on? What can I do to help it?

- Browning in Citrus Heights

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Riverview STEM Academy: New Voices at the Table

As told by: Community Forester Matt Buland

Every Community Shade project starts with who, when, what, where and why. A great deal of thought goes into who needs to be at our initial meeting. When we work with schools, that group usually consists of the principal, a teacher and/or a parent volunteer. Community Forester Matt Buland's first meeting with Riverview STEM Academy, an elementary school in Rancho Cordova, was quite different.

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Community Volunteers are the Heart of our Work

Community volunteers are the heart of the work undertaken by the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Bear River Habitat Trail in Plumas Lake is no exception.

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It's Takes a (Lincoln) Village

NeighborWoods Success

In December 2015 the City of Rancho Cordova took steps to become more proactive in the protection and expansion of their urban forest by becoming a Greenprint Member. Since then they’ve worked closely with the Tree Foundation to engage the community and completed their pilot tree planting project, 100 Trees in Lincoln Village!

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Shady Eighty NOW ONLINE!

We compiled a list of the best 80+ trees for our region! Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty tool for tree characteristics you’re most interested in!

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Fruitridge Manor: ROOTing For A Better Tomorrow!

On Saturday, April 23rd, more than 130 volunteers from all over the Sacramento region spent their morning with us at Peter Burnett Elementary School to help kickoff our new South Sacramento NeighborWoods project!

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Watering Trees is Wise, Not Wasteful

Winter has come and gone and provided our region some much needed rain. However, as summer and dry weather approach, continued cautious and careful water conservation will be necessary. Preserving our trees will be more critical than ever this summer, and so we are asking you to Save our Water and our Trees.

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Easy Tips to Start the Watering Season Right

Wet winters and dry summers are the norm for the Sacramento region. Plants that thrive here do best when not over watered during the non-rainy months. Start the warmer season right with a water schedule. Here are a few tips to help you plan.

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Folks for Oaks

For nearly a decade, the Sacramento Tree Foundation has been working with SMUD to provide valley oak trees to residents of the City of Elk Grove Rural Community. This program, called Folks for Oaks, was established in 2007 thanks to the gusto and dedication of two community members, Leo Fassler and Nancy Myers. Since the inception of the program, about 1,400 valley oaks have been planted in this community.

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Cap & Trade Funds for our Urban Forest

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and more than 100 national, state, regional and local organizations are working together to ensure that urban forestry and urban greening play a significant role in meeting the greenhouse gas reduction targets set forth in AB 32 as well as meeting the mandates set forth in AB 1532 and SB 535. Read our joint letter submitted to Senate Presidet de Leon and Speaker Atkins.

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Kick-off Planting at Bear River a HUGE Success!

Our first day of planting the Bear River Habitat Trail, our newest project site located in Yuba County, was a grand success!

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A Successful Acorn Harvest

The acorn harvest is coming to a close early here on the valley floor. Beginning in mid-September, Sacramento Tree Foundation staff, interns, and volunteers have been busy locating, learning about, and carefully harvesting this years nuts that will become next years seedling trees. So far 4,500 acorns have been collected - and our volunteers will keep collecting to reach our goal of 5,000!

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Sacramento Shade program marks 25th anniversary

SMUD and the Sacramento Tree Foundation recently celebrated 25 years of partnership with the planting of a ceremonial willow oak at the southeast corner of SMUD’s Headquarters building. The partnership—known as the Sacramento Shade program—has delivered more than half a million free shade trees to residences and businesses since 1990.

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Fire Blight

Fire blight is having a big impact on our region's trees this year. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of this potentially deadly disease.

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Urban Wood Rescue

With funding through Cal Fire’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Fund, Sacramento Tree Foundation is preparing to rescue and reuse urban trees that need to be removed due to disease, pests, or safety issues.

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Urban Forest Assessment

Our Urban Forest Assessment interns have been working hard this summer to collect important data from around the region. This data will help us understand and quantify the many benefits our urban forest provides.

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NeighborWoods Project Receives Grant Funds

Sacramento Tree Foundation is awarded two grants by the CAL FIRE Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. One of these newly funded projects will correct the imbalance of tree canopy by empowering South Sacramento neighborhoods.

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Planting Trees for Wildlife

Over 20 new trees were planted at the Wildlife Care Association on June 13th. With the help of volunteers and expertise from Sacramento Tree Foundation, these new trees will grow to provide shade, shelter, and habitat.

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$470,000 Grant Awarded for Plumas Lake Project

Sacramento Tree Foundation has been awarded an Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program grant from the California Natural Resources Agency for $468,523. This project will increase wildlife habitat and create a multi-use trail linking Plumas Lake to the Yuba County bike trail network.

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Evaluating Trees for Our Future Climate

In partnership with the City of Sacramento volunteers completed the last of three Climate Ready Trees planting events on Saturday March 14th.

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The Future is Bright Green

Del Dayo Elementary School is determined to provide a bright green future for its campus. With dedicated parents, teachers, students, and principal, this school took full advantage of the free Community Shade Program to make sure their trees stay healthy and strong.

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Arbor Day Celebrations

California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day are upon us! Check out the holiday events happening throughout our region and create a celebration of your own.

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Prune Those Trees!

Winter is a great season to prune your young trees. Good Day Sacramento joined us at the Folsom Library for one of our free pruning clinics to learn about the importance of pruning and how to keep young trees healthy and safe. Register for our last pruning clinic of the season or download the Pruning Guide for more information. 

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Sacramento has a rich history of planting trees

An Op Ed from The Sacramento Bee

Cheryl Dell of The Sacramento Bee recently joined our Board of Directors. She writes about her experience on the board and her new love of Sacramento's tree planting history in this Op Images article published on December 30, 2014.

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Stonelake Community Clean Up!

On November 22nd, volunteers removed 250 pounds of garbage from the Stonelake Community detention pond. Through our Watershed Wise Neighborhood project and volunteer events like this, the Stonelake community is learning how to use water wisely and keep our watershed healthy and clean.

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Be Watershed Wise

Thanks to generous funding from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, the Stonelake Community of Elk Grove is learning how to become a Watershed Wise Neighborhood. Small actions at home can have a big, positive impact on the environment. Learn how you can help save water, save money, and keep your watersheds healthy.

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Summer Leaf Drop

In the fall and winter, deciduous trees drop their leaves and are dormant through the cold months. But, if your tree is losing its leaves during the summertime, it’s likely a sign of stress.

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Tree grant to bear fruit for north Sacramento

Published in Sac Bee By Isabelle Taft

Thanks to a national grant, the Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant 11 fruit and nut trees to increase access to nutritious food in north Sacramento.

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Caring for Trees in our Mediterranean Climate

Our community would look barren if not for mature trees.

Our community would look barren if not for mature trees. Canopies that create shade and cool the air help humans to withstand summers in Sacramento’s hot Mediterranean climate.

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Greenprint Summit 2014

A Tremendous Success

Everyone knows the basics – trees clean our air and give us shade. It’s common knowledge that trees are good. But, we’re really just beginning to learn how good they truly are. In January, Greenprint Summit 2014 brought together some of the most advanced research from all over the country to connect the dots between trees and public health.

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Trees and Drought

The Sacramento region has experienced a record number of days with no rain and our water supply is alarmingly low. But what about the trees in your yard and the trees in our community? How do we keep young and mature trees healthy while also being water wise?

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Sacramento urban forest makes Top 10 list

By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

Sacramento's urban tree canopy has been named one of the 10 best urban forests in America.

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Sacramento's Camphor Tree

Midtown Sacramento's most famous tree was the commanding camphor tree at corner of 18th Street and Capitol Avenue. It became diseased several months ago and came down on August 22, 2012...after standing for 126 years. See it in all it's glory in this video.

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2012 Leadership Award

Honored by Breathe Califrornia of Sacramento

Thank you to Breathe California of Sacramento for honoring the Sacramento Tree Foundation with its Leadership Award. This award recognizes exemplary leadership in directly improving air quality in a neighborhood, local community, city or county. Thank you to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) for nominating us.

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Top ten reasons to become a member of the Sacramento Tree Foundation

Members are the life line of our mission. See the top ten reasons why you should contribute today.

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2011 Local Vision Award

Presented by the American Planning Association

On January 11, 2012, the Sacramento Tree Foundation won the 2011 Local Vision Award presented by the California Chapter Sacramento Valley American Planning Association.

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2008 Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Awarded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor.

2008 Best Urban Forestry Program

Awarded by the Calfornia Urban Forests Council

For our Leading Education and Awareness in urban Forestry (LEAF) program.

2007 Award of Excellence for Community Trees

Honored by The Home Depot Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors

2007 Citizen Group for Clean Air Award

Presented by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails

2006 Regional Organization of the Year

Honored by the Sacramento Area of Council Governments

For exemplary efforts at increasing sustainability and livability by expanding urban forests and optimizing the benefits of tree canopies.

2006 Oustanding Urban Forestry Project of the Year

Presented by the California Urban Forests Council

2006 Gold Leaf Award for the Greenprint Initiative

Presented by the Western Chapter of International Arboriculture

2005 Gold Leaf Award

Presented by the Western Chapter of International Arboriculture

For outstanding landscape beautification activities.

2005 NieighborWoods Award

Awarded by the Alliance for Community Trees and the Home Depot Foundation

For building healthy and sustainable communities.

2003 National Arbor Day Foundation Award

In recognition of the Sacramento Northern Railroad Parkway Project.

2003 National Arbor Day Foundation Award

In recognition of the Sacramento Northern Railroad Parkway Project.