The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization working to grow thriving communities through stewardship of our urban forest. 

Our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles

Our Mission

The mission of the Sacramento Tree Foundation is to grow thriving communities through stewardship of our urban forest. 


Our Long-Term Vision for the Future of the Sacramento Region

We envision an urban forest canopy that benefits our entire region and every neighborhood, especially those that historically have been underserved and under-canopied.

We invest in our urban forest because we fully appreciate the value it brings: public health and wellness, ecological integrity, meaningful connections, and a renewed sense of place.

We celebrate a person that plants a tree, a neighborhood that cares for a forest, and a region that ensures a thriving canopy—now and for future generations.


Our Guiding Principles


A community that understands the benefits of an urban forest and civic engagement will responsibly plant, care for, and nurture their trees, while inspiring others to do the same.  

Social Equity

All neighborhoods should have the benefits of tree-lined streets, shaded parks, and well-canopied schools. 

Community Well-Being

Urban forests and community health are inextricably linked; the better an urban forest, the greater a community's health. 

Grassroots Action

Empowered communities are the best advocates for a sustainable future. 

Science and Research

Science and evidence-based research are the foundation for effective urban forest policies, planning, and management. 


Protecting and restoring natural environments is essential to climate resilience and our planet's sustainability. 

Community Engagement

A thriving urban forest is only possible through a civic commitment and partnerships shared by all: neighborhoods, community groups, government, and private enterprise. 

Organizational Excellence

To effectively advance our mission and uphold these guiding principles, our organization must always be striving to be its best - operationally, strategically, and financially.