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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Monitoring trees for the Save the Elms Program

Sacramento

Monday, June 1

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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Smart Irrigation for Trees Webinar

Online

Thursday, June 11 4:30P - 6:30P

Join the The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities and the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a webinar on smart irrigation techniques to care for your trees. Sign up to discover the magic of mulching, slow-watering strategies, and more. The wet spring weather was welcome, but these water wise methods for tree care remain useful for our hot and dry summer climate.  

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