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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New Life for Old Trees

"The Sacramento Tree Foundation has come up with a novel way to manage wood waste from the urban forest. Through a program called Urban Wood Rescue, dead trees that normally would be chipped into mulch or sent to a landfill to decompose are turned into slabs of quality kiln-dried wood prized by artisans and do-it-yourselfers."

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$1.2 billion Capitol renovation threatens historic trees in Capitol Park

Trees provide clues to history of Western droughts that continue to threaten their survival

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

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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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How the CARES Act is helping donors support their favorite nonprofits

The CARES Act is making it easier for people and companies to support the nonprofit organizations that uplift their communities, especially in times like these.

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Monitoring trees for the Save the Elms Program

Sacramento

Tuesday, May 26

After watching an online training, you are invited to participate in monitoring Sacramento's elm trees for Dutch elm disease while out on a walk or bike ride. You'll report your findings through a smartphone app so we can save our remaining iconic elm trees from this deadly disease.

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