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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How-To See all

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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Events See all

Webinar: Green Rx - Trees, Human Health & the Most Up-To-Date Research

Wednesday, February 26 11:00A - 12:00P

In this free webinar presented by California ReLeaf, Drs. Desiree Backman and Neal Kohatsu will discuss the growing body of research demonstrating the strong relationship between greening and physical, mental, and social health. You will get a fresh look at the most up-to-date research in the field. 


Smythe Academy Arbor Day Planting


Saturday, March 7 8:45A - 12:00P

Join us in planting trees Smythe Academy of Arts and Science! The trees we plant will provide TREE-mendous benefits to the students of Smythe including, cleaner air, cooler temperatures, and improved test scores and academic retention. Stick around for a community lunch afterwards to celebrate our success!