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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He helped plant the City of Trees. See Sacramento honor retiring Tree Foundation leader

"Natomas Oaks Park is renamed the Ray and Judy Tretheway Oak Preserve on Nov. 19, 2020, by the city of Sacramento as Ray Tretheway retires from his nearly 40-year involvement with the Sacramento Tree Foundation."

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Oak grove to honor Tretheways

Welcoming Jessica Sanders as the Tree Foundation's new executive director

Harvesting acorns for Seed to Seedling

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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

Given the current environment and the extraordinary measures taken to protect us from COVID-19, the Sacramento Tree Foundation has cancelled its signature fundraising event, Tree Hero Awards, this May 27 to ensure the safety of our community. 

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Giving Tuesday

Online

Tuesday, December 1

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity following Thanksgiving to give back to our community.

This year, in honor of our Executive Director Ray Tretheway’s retirement, we are turning back the clock with a look back at nearly four decades of Ray’s leadership – and a look forward to the future of SacTree.

Follow along with our throwback posts on social media every Tuesday until Dec. 1 and help us honor Ray’s legacy with a fitting gift: a future of green canopy throughout our region, especially in neighborhoods where trees are needed the most.

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Rosemont Neighborhood Beautification Planting

Rosemont (Online)

Saturday, December 12 10:00A - 12:00P

If you live in Rosemont, sign up by October 16th to receive up to 10 free shade trees for your home! Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the Rosemont Men’s League and the Rosemont Community Association in a neighborhood planting like no other! Enjoy connecting virtually with your neighbors and welcome a new tree (or ten!) into your yard. This event will include a virtual planting demo, expert tree care advice, planting support, and a digital community celebration.

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