Green Rx

Trees serve a variety of functions that improve health in our communities.

Green Rx

Culminating in June 2015, the Tree Foundation conducted the Green Prescription study to evaluate the connection between tree canopy and human health. The results show that in the urban areas of our region, there is a strong connection between having increased tree canopy and several health outcomes.

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Urban Forests for Clean Air

In 2006, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) entered into a partnership to evaluate the effects of the urban forest on regional air quality, with the goal of including a voluntary control strategy based on trees in the Sacramento Regional 8-Hour Ozone Attainment and Reasonable Further Progress Plan (the Plan). Once approved, the Plan will become an update to the California State Implementation Plan for Air Quality.

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Surprising ways trees affect our health

It's obvious how breathing polluted air can affect our lungs, but it's not as obvious how air quality impacts other aspects of our health.

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Mulch materials ranked from best to worst

Volunteer events are back

Trees do a body good

Lessons learned from the last drought

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Choose the Best Tree for your Space!

Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty database for tree characteristics you’re most interested in! We created a list of the very best trees for our region and now you can easily search our online database for trees that meet your needs. Happy planting!

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Care for your Roots

Roots work hard to keep your tree healthy, strong, and anchored into the ground. Learn how to care for your roots so they can thrive underground.

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Planting at Rio Tierra Junior High


Saturday, September 25 8:45A - 1:00P

Join us to plant trees at Rio Tierra Junior High School. These trees will provide much needed shade, clean air, clean water and improved academics for the school and neighborhood - your contribution to the community through planting these trees will last for generations to come.

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Acorn Harvester Training -- Part 2

In the field

Sunday, September 26 10:00A - 2:00P

This field session is the second part of our annual Acorn Harvester training. During class we will learn how to harvest acorns safely and within the strict harvesting guidelines utilized by our program. We will visit with an identify various native oak species, harvest acorns, and learn how to properly sort and store them post field harvest. Participants in the Zoom training on September 22 will receive a sign-up link.