About

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization working to build healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest in the nation. 

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

Greening the Bear River Habitat Trail

With the help of the community, we are hard at work transforming this area from a barren, tree-less space into a thriving wildlife habitat and recreational trail.

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A tree is worth a thousand memories

Students growing oaks for Wine Country

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms

How-To See all

Plant a Tree

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • How wide should I dig the hole when I plant shade trees?
  • How high above the soil level should the top of the root ball be?

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Choose the Best Quality Tree from a Nursery

There are advantages to selecting good quality nursery trees. Good quality trees are more likely to survive post- planting, establish more quickly, and live longer in the landscape.

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Events See all

Bear River Habitat Trail Workday

Saturday, July 21 8:30A - 11:30A

Join us as we fight invasive weeds, care for young native plants, build things, and get ready to open the Bear River Habitat Trail to the public. We will meet on the third Saturday morning of the month all summer long to work on a variety of tasks that will help make this space beautiful and safe for the public. These events will occur during hot weather conditions and will involve hard work with tools, so they are not the best events for our youngest volunteers.

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Mulch Mayhem

Sunrise Florin Park

Saturday, July 21 8:45A - 12:45P

July is a Mulch Mayhem month because it's a great time to mulch trees before the summer heat. Come help us mulch park trees in South Sacramento and learn proper mulching techniques. This is a great event for families, groups, and service organizations.

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