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Lessons learned from the last drought

California lost hundreds of millions of trees during the last drought, and many more will never recover from a slow decline that started with drought stress. As we enter another drought uncertain what the future holds for our water supply, we recall a few lessons learned to make sure our trees survive this time around.

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South Sacramento residents: Get up to $5,000 for trees & jobs in your neighborhood

Sacramento's elms need eyes -- yours

Explore Outdoors: Sacramento urban forest offers trip around world through trees

Sacramento ranks among worst cities for ‘heat island’ neighborhoods. New study shows why

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How to Plant a Tree

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.

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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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Monitoring trees for the Save the Elms Program


Tuesday, August 3

After watching an online training, you are invited to participate in monitoring Sacramento's elm trees for Dutch elm disease while out on a walk or bike ride. You'll report your findings through a smartphone app so we can save our remaining iconic elm trees from this deadly disease.

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DIY Garden Planter Boxes


Saturday, August 21 9:00A - 12:00P

Assemble and decorate your own planter box with a pre-cut kit at Urban Wood Rescue. The wood to make these boxes was milled from a HUGE redwood tree in the Pocket neighborhood of Sacramento that had to be removed. These planters are perfect for growing herbs, flowers, and even vegetables. Gardeners, beginning woodworkers, and kids will love this hands-on workshop.