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Legacy of racist ‘redlining’ lingers in Sacramento neighborhoods. How this costs the city

by Michael Finch II, The Sacramento Bee

Many Sacramento neighborhoods officially shaded red and "hazardous" on an official map after the Great Depression remain home to people who are more likely to frequent an emergency room for asthma. And they are less likely to have a hardy tree canopy overhead, exposing them to harsher conditions that can impact their health.

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Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests

by Carey L. Biron, Thomson Reuters Foundation

In the face of a warming planet and breakneck urbanization, U.S. policymakers are asking how best urban trees can be protected and utilized.

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Why the California Energy Commission should approve SMUD’s controversial solar proposal

by The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

The energy commission will decide whether to allow builders to plug new housing into new solar farms operated by SMUD. It’s a practical option, and the commission should allow it.

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Advocacy Alert: Leave Room for Trees in New Developments

Speak for the Trees

A new state law requires all new homes to have rooftop solar, and while solar is a great option as a clean energy source, solar panels can conflict with urban trees. Here's how you can help.

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Sacramento Tree Foundation: Growing The Urban Forest

by Janet Scherr, Boomer Sacramento Magazine

Volunteers play an important role in keeping Sacramento known as the City of Trees. Over 2,000 of them join in tree planting events each year, assist with outreach and education, and work in office support roles.

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Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today

by Meg Anderson, NPR

In 37 cities around the country, formerly redlined neighborhoods have about half as many trees on average today as the highest-rated predominantly white neighborhoods on those maps.

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Here's where Sacramento's fallen trees are reborn

as shown on KCRA

Our city is the largest hand-planted urban forest in the world, but many of those trees are reaching the end of their life. Fortunately, Sacramento’s trees are skipping the landfill and getting a second life thanks to the nonprofit Urban Wood Rescue.

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‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles

by Tim Arango, The New York Times

Shade in Los Angeles sits at the intersection of two crises: climate change and income inequality. City officials are rushing to deploy cover to hundreds of bus stops and plant 90,000 trees.

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