About

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

Since 1982, we have been building partnerships and empowering communities to envision the best places to live and invest in their urban forest. We do this by educating, advocating and lending support for tree plantings.

Why trees? Because...

Cool breezes grow here.

Shade trees shield our homes, roadways, and parking lots from the scorching summer heat. Shade trees can lower a household's cooling costs by nearly one-third - saving money while keep us comfortable. Homes with shade trees also have higher property values.

Healthy bodies grow here.

Trees and green spaces can improve our health. People are more likely to be physically active in neighborhoods where trees are plentiful. Areas with trees invite contemplation and recreation --essential for restoring our bodies and minds.

Friendships grow here.

Trees bring people together. They create social spaces where people gather and foster a sense of belonging. Neighborhoods with green spaces are tighter-knit, safer, and more livable.

Fresh air grows here.

Trees are nature's way of cleaning our air. Tree leaves absorb pollutants, produce oxygen, and make cleaner air for us to breathe.

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News See all

Surprising ways trees affect our health

It's obvious how breathing polluted air can affect our lungs, but it's not as obvious how air quality impacts other aspects of our health.

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Mulch materials ranked from best to worst

Volunteer events are back

Trees do a body good

How-To See all

How to Plant a Tree

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.

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Tree Hero Awards

Our annual Tree Heroes celebration is going virtual! Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 26 to celebrate one of Sacramento’s greatest visionaries, Ray Tretheway, and welcome our new executive director, Jessica Sanders.

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Events See all

Planting at Rio Tierra Junior High

Northgate

Saturday, September 25 8:45A - 1:00P

Join us to plant trees at Rio Tierra Junior High School. These trees will provide much needed shade, clean air, clean water and improved academics for the school and neighborhood - your contribution to the community through planting these trees will last for generations to come.

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Native Tree Planting

Folsom

Saturday, October 9 9:00A - 1:00P

Trees grow healthy communities - help grow your urban forest! Join us to plant 290 native oak seedlings along a bike trail and adjacent to an open wetland space. Not only will these trees provide critical wildlife habitat, they will also shade the bike trail, clean the air, and make the space more beautiful for all to enjoy.

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