Create safer, cleaner, and healthier neighborhoods by planting trees in your yard, on your street, and in your parks, and schools.



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


Around Your Home

Every home and business benefits from trees. Start with shade trees to keep your home cool and save energy in the summer months. Our Sacramento Shade Tree Program offers up to 10 free shade trees to SMUD customers. Review our Shady Eighty: Trees for a Cooler Sacramento region (.pdf), a tree list to help you choose the best tree for your yard.

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In Your Community

Communities come together under a healthy tree canopy. From lower crime rates to higher property values, you can bring the benefits of free trees to the streets, schools, and parks throughout your neighborhood through the Community Shade Tree Program.

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In your Jurisdiction

City and county streets and parks are home to most of our public trees. They are often the signature trees of a community because they are the largest and most frequently seen. We offer the Greenprint toolkit to everyone, from policy makers to tree professionals to home owners, who wants to know more about the planting, care, benefits, costs and value of trees. See the value of the trees in your community by visiting GreenprintMaps.

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Across the Region

The Greenprint initiative is a regional framework designed to build an optimal urban forest in every neighborhood, business district, park, school, and street in our 6-county region. The Greenprint sets the stage for our efforts to plant 5 million new trees in the Sacramento region. Our Greenprint Champions are elected officials from our region's 22 cities and 6 counties that have pledged to develop livable and sustainable communities by building the best urban forests.

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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 continue to be critical, and so we are asking you to Save our Water and our Trees.

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Welcome Loren, our new Restoration Specialist!

Top 5 Trees for Spring Flowers

Top 5 Trees for Attracting Wildlife

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We will reach our 5 million tree goal with your help. Volunteer with us to plant more trees where you live, work, and play.

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Plant a Tree

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • How wide should I dig the hole when I plant shade trees?
  • How high above the soil level should the top of the root ball be?

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Events See all

National Arbor Day Planting Part II

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Elk Grove

Saturday, April 29 9:00A - 12:00P

Come get dirty with us! Help us continue to reforest a portion of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge by planting native seedlings along the edge of reclaimed agricultural lands in celebration of the day after National Arbor Day! With your help, we hope to plant 500 new tree seedlings which will eventually provide habitat for local wildlife. This is a great event for everyone! Snacks will be provided.


Volunteer at our Big Day of Giving at Camp Pollock

Thursday, May 4 5:30P - 8:30P

Volunteers are needed to assist with greeting visitors, parking, and site management (cleaning and managing recycling/trash) at our Big Day of Giving celebration at Camp Pollock with the Sacramento Valley Conservancy, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, and Iceland Ice Skating Rink. The celebration will feature live music by The Garage Openers, food trucks, picnic areas, free parking and bike valet, and is dog-friendly. Join us for all the fun and give back to our community at the same time! Food will be provided for all volunteers.