STEP

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

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 community scientists to help identify Dutch elm disease symptoms in order to slow the spread of the disease.

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Community Scientist Training

Learn about the history of Sacramento's elms and how you can become a community scientist to help save our remaining elms. If you'd like to participate in summer monitoring after watching this video, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to get access to the monitoring app.  » Take the Training »

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Save the Elms Community Scientist training now available on YouTube

Learn about the history of Sacramento's elms and how you can become a community scientist to help save our remaining elms. If you'd like to participate in summer monitoring after watching this video, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to get access to the monitoring app.

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A second life for elms

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms

2017 Save The Elms Program (STEP) Wrap-Up

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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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Care for your Roots

Roots work hard to keep your tree healthy, strong, and anchored into the ground. Learn how to care for your roots so they can thrive underground.

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Acorn Harvester Training -- Part 1

Online

Wednesday, September 23 6:00P - 8:00P

Join us on Zoom for an educational training about our native oaks, their role in our local ecosystem, and how you can help harvest acorns this fall that allow us to reforest our oak woodlands. Every year, we harvest 7,000-10,000 acorns from native oaks throughout the Sacramento region. Even if you live in Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, Placer or El Dorado counties, this project is for you!

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Acorn Harvester Training -- Part 2

Online

Saturday, September 26 10:00A - 12:00P

Join us for a webinar live from the forest! This is the second required training session to become an Acorn Harvester. You will learn how to identify native oak trees, scout for acorn harvesting locations, assess acorn ripeness, and sort and prepare acorns for submission to the Tree Foundation.

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