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

Many Sacramento neighborhoods officially shaded red and "hazardous" on an official map after the Great Depression remain home to people who are more likely to frequent an emergency room for asthma. And they are less likely to have a hardy tree canopy overhead, exposing them to harsher conditions that can impact their health.

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Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests

Why the California Energy Commission should approve SMUD’s controversial solar proposal

Advocacy Alert: Leave Room for Trees in New Developments

How-To See all

Tree Hero Awards

Join us on May 27, 2020 for an evening of local food, wine, and music as we honor our Tree Heroes underneath the magnificent heritage oaks.

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Hire a Reliable Tree Care Company

Improper tree work can cause irreparable damage to your tree and may end up costing you a considerable amount of time and money. Follow these guidelines to ensure professional tree work and safe, healthy trees.

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Events See all

Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Saturday, April 25 10:00A - 12:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app.

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Save the Elms Program Community Scientist Training

Online

Wednesday, April 29 6:00P - 8:00P

Join us for a virtual training session to learn how you can help save our remaining public elm trees! Our Save the Elms Program's (STEP) Community Scientists will be trained to monitor local elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED) over the summer using a mobile app. 

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