Open spaces are an important part of our urban forest. Trees, shrubs and native plants in these areas help clean the air and water and provide valuable wildlife habitat. Open spaces also provide recreation opportunities, carbon sequestration and a multitude of health benefits to our communities.
Sacramento Tree Foundation works in these open space areas to ensure our entire urban forest is as robust and healthy as possible.
When healthy, native trees are removed, oftentimes for infrastructure improvements or building purposes, new trees are required to be planted as replacements. Planting and maintaining these new trees mitigates for the loss of benefits caused by removing the existing trees. Tree mitigation projects provide new wildlife habitat, cleaner air, stormwater capture and filtration, and more.
Sacramento Tree Foundation helps with this mitigation process by working with partners to find land for planting, provide locally sourced native tree stock, recruit community volunteers, and plant and maintain new trees for a minimum of three years.
Biological Monitoring and Mapping
Monitoring our urban forest provides a comprehensive view of its health and species composition across time. Regular monitoring contributes to our region's understanding of urban forestry trends, threats, and benefits provided to our communities. With this information, the Sacramento region can make informed decisions about the planting and management of our urban forest.
Native Plant Propagation
Planting local, genetically appropriate species is an important aspect of planting and managing open spaces for habitat. Learn more about the Seed to Seedling program and how you can help Sacramento Tree Foundation gather and grow the next generation of native plants for our region.