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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Tree traditions bring joy to the holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, and the Sacramento region is transformed by the colorful display of autumnal leaves, many of us are preparing for celebrations with our friends and families. Whether you are heading up to Apple Hill to pick fresh fruit for a pie, raking up a giant pile of leaves to play in, or collecting leaves and pinecones for a holiday craft – trees often play a central role in our cultural, familial, and spiritual traditions.

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An ode to our native oaks

New drought campaign aims to avoid repeat of deadly lesson

New drought motto: Stress lawn, save trees

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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

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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Seed to Seedling registration

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Friday, November 26

The Seed to Seedling program is a fun, hands-on way to get kids involved with their natural world. It is a set of lessons for grades K-6 that focus on the natural and cultural history of California’s native oaks and the importance of our urban forest. These lessons are a perfect fit for every type of educator and educational setting: virtual learning, in-class learning, homeschooling, after-school programs, troop leaders, and community-based educators. Sign up by December 17 to get a free seedling-growing kit for your class.

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Giving Tuesday

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Tuesday, November 30

Join us for Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Please mark your calendars or make your donation early at www.sactree.com/GivingTuesday to equalize access to the joy and health benefits of trees in under-canopied communities.

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