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Get your trees ready for summer!

from our friends at BeWaterSmart

Now’s the time to get your trees ready for summer, before it gets hot and trees become thirsty. Find tips for watering your trees the right way.

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We wanted to know: Why are there so many orange trees in Sacramento?

by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Sacramento Bee

Like many aspects of California’s modern history, oranges have their roots in the Gold Rush – or rather, in its aftermath.

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Celebrate California Arbor Week with us!

March 7-14 is California Arbor Week, when people all over the state come together to celebrate trees and the many benefits they provide. Join us for tree plantings, documentary screenings, a tree fair, and lots of fun!

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CAL FIRE Presents: What Is Urban Forestry?

We are so proud to be a part of the urban lumber movement.

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Seeing The Forest For The Trees

by Robert Schaulis, Comstock's Magazine

Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Urban Wood Rescue program gives new life to urban lumber.

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Florin Elementary Tree Planting

Good Day Sacramento

We had a great time planting trees at Florin Elementary with Congressmember Ami Bera, Soil Born Farms, Florin Road Partnership, and the Sacramento Kings Community Impact Team!

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Sacramento secures $23 million in state funds for neighborhood revamp, new light rail station

by Mary Lynne Vellinga, Office of Mayor Steinberg

We are proud to be a part of the partnership that will bring neighbors together in the River District for new public transit, homes, jobs, and trees through the Transformative Climate Communities program.

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Great Question! How did Sacramento come to have so many trees?

by Randol White, Capital Public Radio

How did Sacramento come to be known as the City of Trees, and what's in store for our urban forest?

Find out in the first story in Capital Public Radio's new series, "Great Question!"

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Sowing the seeds for a better city

by Marc Schultz, Work for Good

Ever wondered what it's like to have a career at the Tree Foundation?

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A second life for elms

by Stephanie Robinson

What happens to our elms once they get Dutch elm disease?

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Greening the Bear River Habitat Trail

by Stephanie Robinson

With the help of the community, we are hard at work transforming this area from a barren, tree-less space into a thriving wildlife habitat and recreational trail.

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A tree is worth a thousand memories

Trees witness everything from little everyday moments to the milestones that define our lives. When they have to be removed, it can be a painful loss for a family that shared so many memories under those branches. Read about why one family chose to donate their tree to Urban Wood Rescue.

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How to keep your trees happy after hail and drought

by Debbie Arrington, The Sacramento Bee

Drought or no drought, this year has been tough on trees.

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How did Sacramento become the ‘City of Trees’? Upcoming documentary tells the story

by Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee

As seen in its trailer, Made in the Shade will dive into the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Sacramento Tree Foundation's join t Sacramento Shade  initiative, and how it helped build the city's green canopy by offering free trees to SMUD customers.

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New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento’s love affair with trees

by Curtis Yee, Sactown Magazine

As April showers turn the region green, a new locally produced documentary, Made in the Shade , is shedding light on how Sacramentans fought to turn the city’s open spaces into a lush tree canopy that now serves as a natural air conditioner and a significant source of civic pride.

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Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms

by Chris Fenstermaker, Volunteer and Guest Blogger

Sacramento, the City of Trees. Our streets canopied by that signature tree. The stately…“birch”? The stately…“poplar”? No, stately only comes to mind to describe the elm!

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Arbor Week festivities: Planting trees and building community

by Matt Buland

A huge thank you to our volunteers who came together from all over Sacramento to plant 100+ trees at Stone Creek and the Bear Hollow Reservoir in Rancho Cordova earlier this month! Catch the recap here. 

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2018 California Arbor Week Celebrations!

Thanks to the passion and gusto of a tree-lover named J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by planting an estimated one million trees! Since its inception in the 1800’s, Arbor Day has been celebrated around the nation as a day to plant and care for trees. How does Sacramento celebrate? Let us count the ways...

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Sylvia and Her Japanese Maple

When it comes to planting trees, the guiding principle is to “plant the right tree in the right place.” Another important part of that principle is “…with the right person.” Sylvia Olivares is definitely a great example of that.

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Winter Tree Tips

After another hot summer, we are now facing winter storms. The precipitation is certainly welcome to our region, but harsh storms can damage our trees. Many trees stressed by recent drought have decaying or dead branches that could fall during a windy storm.

How can we protect our trees and ourselves during the stormy months? Now is the time to examine your trees and prune if needed! Take a walk outside and really inspect your forest. Look for broken, dead, or diseased branches that could be a hazard and need to be removed. Excessive amounts of fungal growth on a branch could also be a sign of decay. Or, you might have entire dead trees that need to come out for safety. Strong, well-maintained trees should weather the season just fine.

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A Growing Partnership

In partnership with the Center for Land Based Learning, this year SacTree is hosting four educational volunteer events for students participating in the Student and Landowners Education and Watershed Stewardship program.

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Top 5 Evergreen Trees

This month were talking about the top 5 evergreen trees!

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Connecting the Dots: Sacramento County NeighborWoods Initiative

Cottage Park is a hidden gem in the Arden-Arcade community. Hidden to outsiders, but not to residents of the area who come to out to enjoy the wonderful balance between natural features such as trees, shrubs, grass, and a meandering creek by the name of Strong Rancho Slough and built features like the community pool, playgrounds, pre-school, picnic tables and the charming pair of rustic bridges. 

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Seeds for Sonoma County

This year we partnered with our friends at Solano Land Trust to complete a special acorn harvest outside of our normal service area to support the recovery of oak woodlands damaged during this year's wine country wildfires.

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A Cherry Tree Grove for Southside Park

Come this spring, Southside Park in downtown Sacramento will be awash in pink. Thanks to the generous support of donors, and to a partnership between the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the Sakuramento committee, Council Member Steve Hansen, and the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department, 28 young flowering cherry trees were planted on October 28.

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2017 Save The Elms Program (STEP) Wrap-Up

On a cool, sunny morning in late September, members of our team of volunteer Citizen Scientists, SacTree’s staff, and the City of Sacramento’s staff gathered for delicious brunch under the oaks and elms in Land Park to celebrate another successful year of our Save The Elms Program (STEP). It had been exactly a year since we last met for the purpose of discussing the overall impact of our team’s efforts to monitor Sacramento’s public American and English elms for the pervasive Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure which has ravaged our city’s elms since the 1990’s. As our monitoring season wasnearing its end, everyone was anxious to find out how we did this time around

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Barking Up the Right Tree: A Doggone Good Time!

By Matthew Van Donsel, Community Engagement Manager

Thanks to the Sacramento Tree Foundation, SMUD, The Growing Company, and all our community volunteers, the Sacramento SPCA now has a beautiful, shady place to walk the dogs they're sheltering. Building it was a blast too!

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Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air! Crisp mornings, leaves changing colors, and the ubiquitous flavor of pumpkin spice have arrived. Living in one of the most diverse urban forests in the world (Sacramento boasts more than 100 different species of trees), we are fortunate each Fall to watch as our trees prepare for Winter and our urban forest becomes a wild expanse of color. Here are a few of our most favorite colorful trees available through our Sacramento Shade Program.

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Partnership Fosters a Greener Tomorrow in Del Paso Heights

Over the last two years, Sac Tree has made a concerted effort to engage community members in under-canopied neighborhoods with the hope of delivering the education needed to grow the best urban forest possible. You might have read about our activities in South Sacramento and Rancho Cordova; however, did you know we’ve also been busy in the Del Paso Heights area of North Sac?

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City Council Votes to Support Trees while Saving Water

On Tuesday evening, the Sacramento City Council voted to implement a plan to encourage residents to conserve water regardless of yearly rainfall. The ordinance makes sense considering that droughts are a frequent occurrence in the region.

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Urban Wood Rescue Program Update

In July of 2015, Sac Tree was awarded a grant from Cal Fire’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to create an Urban Wood Rescue Program. Since then we’ve worked to create a site plan for our sawmill yard and we are going through the City’s permitting process. After we’ve gained the necessary approvals, construction will begin and we’ll be able to kickoff our business plan as we look forward to giving the wood from urban trees a second life.

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2016-2017: A Tree-mendous Year for Volunteerism

By Jason Sullivan-Halpern, Volunteer Specialist

Summer has officially arrived, and all of us here at SacTree are already busy preparing for another exciting planting season to begin in October. In the meantime, we thought this would be the best time to reflect on all our volunteers’ accomplishments over the last 12 months (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). Since there are many to consider, we’ve decided to share just the top 5 with you.

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Welcome Bethany, our new Urban Wood Rescue Program Manager!

By Bethany Hannah

My love for trees and wood started young, beginning with climbing trees in the backyard and backpacking among the giants in the Pacific Northwest, to helping my dad with construction projects and learning how to use traditional woodworking hand tools from my grandfather. Put simply, I find solace while amongst trees and contentment from working with wood. On that front, I’ve recently begun creating sculptures as rookie woodcarver and tend to geek-out a bit when I see beautiful raw edge tables or furniture with well-crafted butterfly splines and finishes. The story told through the grain of wood is as fascinating to me as it is inspiring.

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Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Sadly, Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure, claimed its first two casualties of the year in Curtis Park at the corner of 26th Street and Marshall Way in late April.

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Save The Elms Program (STEP) Update

By Jason Sullivan-Halpern, Volunteer Specialist

Our first Saturday morning "walkabout" for SacTree's Save The Elms Program (STEP) with certified arborist Dan Pskowski went great! Our team of STEP Citizen Scientists learned a lot about American and English elm trees, identifying the symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED), and using Greenprint Maps to report the elm trees with symptoms of the disease. We even discovered an elm showing symptoms of DED around Curtis Park!

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Tree Cheers for the City of Rancho Cordova!

In case you hadn’t noticed, March and April were busy, tree-filled months in Rancho Cordova!

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2017’s Big Day of Giving is 26 Days Away!

Starting at midnight on May 4th, the Sacramento region will come together for one Big Day of Giving -- a 24-hour giving challenge that lifts up lives and makes the Sacramento region a wonderful place.

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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!

By Loren O’Rourke

My commitment to conservation began when I was twelve years old. I attended a summer camp in my home town of Groton, Massachusetts geared toward environmental appreciation and education. It was there that I filled my first canoe with floating trash and felt the swell of pride that still fuels me today. From that point on I concerned myself almost exclusively with the natural world.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Volunteer Service with the Lions Club

By Jason Sullivan-Halpern

When Dolores and Perry Diaz of the Maharlika Lions Club approached us in January to discuss planning a celebratory tree planting for the Lions Club’s 100th anniversary, we were more than happy to help.

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Top 5 Trees for Spring Flowers

Temperatures are climbing and spring is in the air! Welcome the warmer weather and beautiful blooming season with these stunning trees.

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NEWS RELEASE: California Arbor Day Celebration

Sacramento Tree Foundation and City of Sacramento celebrate ranking as the “greenest city in the States”

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Greenprint Summit 2017: It's a Wrap!

More than 130 people attended our Greenprint Summit, Restoring Nature to our Neighborhoods. One participant shared that their favorite things about the Summit included, "The MULTITUDE of excellent speakers. The gathering of like-minded people learning about resources. Learning what works. It was a great day!" We couldn't agree more! It's was a great day. Here's why...

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Top 5 Trees for Attracting Wildlife

Beautify your landscape and benefit the little critters in your neighborhood at the same time with these trees!

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A Fruitful Acorn Harvest

Beginning in mid-September, Sacramento Tree Foundation staff, interns, and volunteers were busy locating, learning about, and carefully harvesting this years nuts that will become next years seedling trees. Because of everyone’s hard work we met or exceeded most of our goals during this challenging harvesting season.

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Our TREE-mendous partnership with Fulton - El Camino Recreation & Park District

By Pamela Sanchez, Education Programs Manager

On a fine sunny fall day, a group of staff from the Fulton - El Camino Recreation and Park district, local community members, and an STF arborist met together at Howe Community Park -- all to learn more about pruning young shade trees and to care for tree planted through our Tribute Tree Program. It was a huge success!

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Ask an Arborist

"Dear Arborist: My young tree is growing crazily. I know I should trim it, but I have no idea where to start. Help!" -Branchy in Sacramento

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Q&A with Community Planting Leaders in Arden Park: Jane Hagedorn, Gregg Fishman, and Frank Moran

A NeighborWoods Story

Arden Park has planted over 3,000 trees as a neighborhood over the last 15 years as part of the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s NeighborWoods initiative. Jane Hagedorn, the first President of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Tree Foundation and a long-time resident of Arden Park, and her neighbors, Gregg Fishman and Frank Moran, worked together to organize the community plantings.  Learn why.

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Building Community through Trees

By Kevin Ziemke

There are many reasons why trees are so important to our world. For me, the most compelling reason revolves around fostering and sustaining healthy communities. My introduction to the wonderfully dynamic world of trees began with bicycles.

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Trees are a Tool to Fight Inequality

By: Matt Buland

Matt Buland, one of our incredible NeighborWoods Coordinators suggests, "There should be no marathons, only short sprints to the next shade tree. BANG!!! We're off." Read more to see what he means...

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River Park NeighborWoods: A Blue Print for Success

By: Kate Riley (Volunteer Extrordinare)

Would you like the opportunity to grow and protect the forest in your very own neighborhood? Here's some advice from Kate Riley an outstanding volunteer committed to making her community greener and healthier. Fall is the best time to plant a tree and October is NeighborWoods month, so today is the day to get started in your community, learn how Kate and her neighbors got started!

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Save The Elms Program Celebrates Success!

It's a wrap! 2016 was a pilot year for our Save The Elms Program as we brought it back from a multi-year hiatus. For year one, we had the simple goal of training 50 volunteers to monitor at least 500 of our approximately 2200 public elm trees. Great news, we sprinted past our goals with 50 volunteers monitoring 750+ elms, 34% of the population! What's more? 25 of those volunteers attended our STEP celebration to offer advice and guidance for STEP 2017.

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Your Most Asked Tree Questions...

Why are my Pear Trees Leaves Brown?

Dear Arborist,

I have a flowering pear tree in my yard that a lot of brown leaves on it. I haven’t stopped watering it, what is going on? What can I do to help it?

- Browning in Citrus Heights

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Riverview STEM Academy: New Voices at the Table

As told by: Community Forester Matt Buland

Every Community Shade project starts with who, when, what, where and why. A great deal of thought goes into who needs to be at our initial meeting. When we work with schools, that group usually consists of the principal, a teacher and/or a parent volunteer. Community Forester Matt Buland's first meeting with Riverview STEM Academy, an elementary school in Rancho Cordova, was quite different.

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Community Volunteers are the Heart of our Work

Community volunteers are the heart of the work undertaken by the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Bear River Habitat Trail in Plumas Lake is no exception.

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It's Takes a (Lincoln) Village

NeighborWoods Success

In December 2015 the City of Rancho Cordova took steps to become more proactive in the protection and expansion of their urban forest by becoming a Greenprint Member. Since then they’ve worked closely with the Tree Foundation to engage the community and completed their pilot tree planting project, 100 Trees in Lincoln Village!

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Shady Eighty NOW ONLINE!

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

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Fruitridge Manor: ROOTing For A Better Tomorrow!

On Saturday, April 23rd, more than 130 volunteers from all over the Sacramento region spent their morning with us at Peter Burnett Elementary School to help kickoff our new South Sacramento NeighborWoods project!

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Folks for Oaks

For nearly a decade, the Sacramento Tree Foundation has been working with SMUD to provide valley oak trees to residents of the City of Elk Grove Rural Community. This program, called Folks for Oaks, was established in 2007 thanks to the gusto and dedication of two community members, Leo Fassler and Nancy Myers. Since the inception of the program, about 1,400 valley oaks have been planted in this community.

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Cap & Trade Funds for our Urban Forest

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and more than 100 national, state, regional and local organizations are working together to ensure that urban forestry and urban greening play a significant role in meeting the greenhouse gas reduction targets set forth in AB 32 as well as meeting the mandates set forth in AB 1532 and SB 535. Read our joint letter submitted to Senate Presidet de Leon and Speaker Atkins.

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Kick-off Planting at Bear River a HUGE Success!

Our first day of planting the Bear River Habitat Trail, our newest project site located in Yuba County, was a grand success!

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A Successful Acorn Harvest

The acorn harvest is coming to a close early here on the valley floor. Beginning in mid-September, Sacramento Tree Foundation staff, interns, and volunteers have been busy locating, learning about, and carefully harvesting this years nuts that will become next years seedling trees. So far 4,500 acorns have been collected - and our volunteers will keep collecting to reach our goal of 5,000!

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Sacramento Shade program marks 25th anniversary

SMUD and the Sacramento Tree Foundation recently celebrated 25 years of partnership with the planting of a ceremonial willow oak at the southeast corner of SMUD’s Headquarters building. The partnership—known as the Sacramento Shade program—has delivered more than half a million free shade trees to residences and businesses since 1990.

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Fire Blight

Fire blight is having a big impact on our region's trees this year. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of this potentially deadly disease.

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Urban Wood Rescue

With funding through Cal Fire’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Fund, Sacramento Tree Foundation is preparing to rescue and reuse urban trees that need to be removed due to disease, pests, or safety issues.

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Urban Forest Assessment

Our Urban Forest Assessment interns have been working hard this summer to collect important data from around the region. This data will help us understand and quantify the many benefits our urban forest provides.

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NeighborWoods Project Receives Grant Funds

Sacramento Tree Foundation is awarded two grants by the CAL FIRE Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. One of these newly funded projects will correct the imbalance of tree canopy by empowering South Sacramento neighborhoods.

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Planting Trees for Wildlife

Over 20 new trees were planted at the Wildlife Care Association on June 13th. With the help of volunteers and expertise from Sacramento Tree Foundation, these new trees will grow to provide shade, shelter, and habitat.

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$470,000 Grant Awarded for Plumas Lake Project

Sacramento Tree Foundation has been awarded an Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program grant from the California Natural Resources Agency for $468,523. This project will increase wildlife habitat and create a multi-use trail linking Plumas Lake to the Yuba County bike trail network.

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Evaluating Trees for Our Future Climate

In partnership with the City of Sacramento volunteers completed the last of three Climate Ready Trees planting events on Saturday March 14th.

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The Future is Bright Green

Del Dayo Elementary School is determined to provide a bright green future for its campus. With dedicated parents, teachers, students, and principal, this school took full advantage of the free Community Shade Program to make sure their trees stay healthy and strong.

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Arbor Day Celebrations

California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day are upon us! Check out the holiday events happening throughout our region and create a celebration of your own.

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Prune Those Trees!

Winter is a great season to prune your young trees. Good Day Sacramento joined us at the Folsom Library for one of our free pruning clinics to learn about the importance of pruning and how to keep young trees healthy and safe. Register for our last pruning clinic of the season or download the Pruning Guide for more information. 

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Sacramento has a rich history of planting trees

An Op Ed from The Sacramento Bee

Cheryl Dell of The Sacramento Bee recently joined our Board of Directors. She writes about her experience on the board and her new love of Sacramento's tree planting history in this Op Images article published on December 30, 2014.

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Stonelake Community Clean Up!

On November 22nd, volunteers removed 250 pounds of garbage from the Stonelake Community detention pond. Through our Watershed Wise Neighborhood project and volunteer events like this, the Stonelake community is learning how to use water wisely and keep our watershed healthy and clean.

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Be Watershed Wise

Thanks to generous funding from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, the Stonelake Community of Elk Grove is learning how to become a Watershed Wise Neighborhood. Small actions at home can have a big, positive impact on the environment. Learn how you can help save water, save money, and keep your watersheds healthy.

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Summer Leaf Drop

In the fall and winter, deciduous trees drop their leaves and are dormant through the cold months. But, if your tree is losing its leaves during the summertime, it’s likely a sign of stress.

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Tree grant to bear fruit for north Sacramento

Published in Sac Bee By Isabelle Taft

Thanks to a national grant, the Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant 11 fruit and nut trees to increase access to nutritious food in north Sacramento.

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Caring for Trees in our Mediterranean Climate

Our community would look barren if not for mature trees.

Our community would look barren if not for mature trees. Canopies that create shade and cool the air help humans to withstand summers in Sacramento’s hot Mediterranean climate.

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Greenprint Summit 2014

A Tremendous Success

Everyone knows the basics – trees clean our air and give us shade. It’s common knowledge that trees are good. But, we’re really just beginning to learn how good they truly are. In January, Greenprint Summit 2014 brought together some of the most advanced research from all over the country to connect the dots between trees and public health.

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Trees and Drought

The Sacramento region has experienced a record number of days with no rain and our water supply is alarmingly low. But what about the trees in your yard and the trees in our community? How do we keep young and mature trees healthy while also being water wise?

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Sacramento urban forest makes Top 10 list

By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

Sacramento's urban tree canopy has been named one of the 10 best urban forests in America.

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Sacramento's Camphor Tree

Midtown Sacramento's most famous tree was the commanding camphor tree at corner of 18th Street and Capitol Avenue. It became diseased several months ago and came down on August 22, 2012...after standing for 126 years. See it in all it's glory in this video.

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2012 Leadership Award

Honored by Breathe Califrornia of Sacramento

Thank you to Breathe California of Sacramento for honoring the Sacramento Tree Foundation with its Leadership Award. This award recognizes exemplary leadership in directly improving air quality in a neighborhood, local community, city or county. Thank you to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) for nominating us.

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Top ten reasons to become a member of the Sacramento Tree Foundation

Members are the life line of our mission. See the top ten reasons why you should contribute today.

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2011 Local Vision Award

Presented by the American Planning Association

On January 11, 2012, the Sacramento Tree Foundation won the 2011 Local Vision Award presented by the California Chapter Sacramento Valley American Planning Association.

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2008 Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Awarded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor.

2008 Best Urban Forestry Program

Awarded by the Calfornia Urban Forests Council

For our Leading Education and Awareness in urban Forestry (LEAF) program.

2007 Award of Excellence for Community Trees

Honored by The Home Depot Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors

2007 Citizen Group for Clean Air Award

Presented by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails

2006 Regional Organization of the Year

Honored by the Sacramento Area of Council Governments

For exemplary efforts at increasing sustainability and livability by expanding urban forests and optimizing the benefits of tree canopies.

2006 Oustanding Urban Forestry Project of the Year

Presented by the California Urban Forests Council

2006 Gold Leaf Award for the Greenprint Initiative

Presented by the Western Chapter of International Arboriculture

2005 Gold Leaf Award

Presented by the Western Chapter of International Arboriculture

For outstanding landscape beautification activities.

2005 NieighborWoods Award

Awarded by the Alliance for Community Trees and the Home Depot Foundation

For building healthy and sustainable communities.

2003 National Arbor Day Foundation Award

In recognition of the Sacramento Northern Railroad Parkway Project.

2003 National Arbor Day Foundation Award

In recognition of the Sacramento Northern Railroad Parkway Project.