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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News See all

South Sacramento residents: Get up to $5,000 for trees & jobs in your neighborhood

All neighborhoods need trees to thrive, but some areas never got their fair share. Let's work together to change this - what are your ideas to grow and care for trees in South Sacramento? Apply for funding to turn your vision into a reality and grow a healthier, greener future for your family and neighbors.

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Sacramento's elms need eyes -- yours

Explore Outdoors: Sacramento urban forest offers trip around world through trees

Sacramento ranks among worst cities for ‘heat island’ neighborhoods. New study shows why

How-To See all

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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Events See all

Monitoring trees for the Save the Elms Program

Sacramento

Friday, July 30

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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DIY Wooden Bowls: Intro to Woodturning

Sacramento

Saturday, July 31 9:30A - 3:30P

Experience the magic and fun of woodturning! In this hands-on class, instructor Carlos Angulo will teach both of the main skills in woodturning - face plate turning and how to create all of the basic spindle shapes and cuts. Students will turn a small zelkova bowl. This is the perfect class for the beginning turner, or a great way to hone your turning skills.

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