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

Apply for funding today

All neighborhoods need trees to thrive, but some areas never got their fair share. Let's work together to change this - what are your ideas to grow and care for trees in South Sacramento? Apply for funding to turn your vision into a reality and grow a healthier, greener future for your family and neighbors.

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Sacramento's elms need eyes -- yours

by Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Digs Gardening

"Consider this a neighborhood watch for favorite trees."

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

with Mike TeSelle, KCRA3

"Capitol Park is a 40-acre forest of trees from all around the world that surrounds the state's Capitol building."

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

by Margo Rosenbaum and Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento is ranked in the top 20 worst cities in the country for “heat island” neighborhoods that are significantly hotter than their surrounding environment... The effects of extreme heat are especially prominent for historically underserved populations and people living in urban communities, according to the report.

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Sacramento’s tree canopy reflects the city’s inequities. How a $250 million plan could help

by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee

"Sacramento is the so-called city of trees, but for many neighborhoods, that designation rings false. In some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods, lush tree canopies provide shade and improved air quality, while low- and moderate-income areas such as Meadowview, Del Paso Heights, Parkway and Valley Hi suffer in the scorching sun. A new bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, aims to change that."

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How to beat the heat and save money on energy

with Monica Coleman, ABC10

"Planting trees can help you keep a few bucks too. The Sacramento Tree Foundation says there is a 20-degree difference between a neighborhood with a tree canopy and one without. They also say planting a tree in your yard can help take the load off your A/C."

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California Rep. Doris Matsui introduces TREES Act to bring thousands of trees to low-income areas

by Zach Fuentes, ABC10

Hear from our executive director, Jessica Sanders, about how to involve the community in bringing trees to under-canopied neighborhoods.

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California congresswoman says expanding Sacramento's tree canopy could help underserved communities

with Brian Hickey, KCRA News

"Her TREES Act would set aside $50 million annually for five years to fund the planting of 300,000 trees. The money would be available through a cost-share grant program funded through the Department of Energy. The shade trees would be planted in residential neighborhoods to help lower energy costs and mitigate the effects of climate change through residential tree planting."

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Don't neglect your trees in the drought

by Kathy Morrison, Sacramento Digs Gardening

"...Trees in a drought are in danger of weakening or dying if not watered properly — and then you lose their multiple benefits of shade, oxygen, habitat for wildlife and just beautiful looks."

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Launching a NeighborWoods initiative in downtown's River District

by Kimmy Boyle

Our new River District NeighborWoods Initiative is focused on planting and caring for trees throughout the River District neighborhood and surrounding area. This initiative will plant 800 new trees to increase this area’s urban canopy, host educational workshops and tree care events, and engage local residents, businesses, and organizations to become tree stewards of these newly planted trees!

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What Technology Could Reduce Heat Deaths? Trees.

by Catrin Einhorn, New York Times

“It’s hard for us to think of trees as actual infrastructure rather than an amenity, and because of that, we don’t allocate sufficient funds,” said Dr. Stone of the Georgia Institute of Technology. “If we think about it as actual infrastructure on par with investing in roads and sewers and everything else, those costs will become more acceptable to us.”

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Is the air quality in these Sacramento neighborhoods bad? Residents can now tell in real time

by Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee

"Because of discriminatory practices like redlining and high housing costs, generations of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color have frequently been forced to live near air pollution hotspots like industrial parks and highways. That means they also experience the negative health impacts of poor air quality disproportionately."

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