Continuing our stewardship of the urban forest in the midst of COVID-19
While we respect the cautionary times, we can come together as a community with hope and gratitude for what truly matters: our health, our loved ones, our resiliency. Despite the turmoil we are all experiencing, we can find comfort in the beauty of our natural surroundings. We can read a book under the tree in our yard, walk around the neighborhood park, and take a deep cleansing breath under the shade and protection of a big valley oak or sycamore. When everything is changing, our neighborhood tree canopy remains, bringing a sense of peace and stability.
Here at SacTree, we have made some adaptations to keep our community safe while also continuing our work stewarding our urban forest. We have cancelled most in-person events and appointments while shifting many of our operations online. We will keep you updated when we have new virtual offerings and when we are fully up and running again.
- We've provided our staff with the technology needed to transition to a virtual workplace to continue providing services that boost our region's resilience in times like these.
- For our residential shade tree program, Sacramento Shade, we've transitioned to offering virtual shade tree site assessments with limited availability for in-person siting appointments. We temporarily paused tree deliveries, but as of May 22, we have resumed contact-free deliveries.
- We'll continue providing expert advice to answer your questions about tree selection, planting, and care.
- We still offer virtual self-guided tree tours of different neighborhoods throughout the region.
- Our online curriculum, Seed to Seedling, is integral to our commitment to education and supports virtual learning in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms.
- We've developed a virtual community science training to continue the important work of the Save the Elms Program.
- We're taking our Acorn Harvester training online so volunteers can learn the fundamentals and then harvest acorns remotely on their own schedules in their own neighborhoods.
- Our NeighborWoods team has been in conversations with neighbors in under-canopied communities to plan the next opportunities to grow their tree canopy in neighborhoods like North and South Sacramento, and Arden-Arcade. We will have very small, socially distant plantings this fall conducted by our staff and community partners.
- Our Reforestation Field Technicians are still caring for the trees and plants in our reforestation sites while taking precautions and wearing protective equipment.
- We've built an online inventory where you can view beautiful wood slabs available at Urban Wood Rescue, our program that saves and repurposes local trees. Curbside pickup is available, and the outdoor yard is open to 10 customers at a time Fridays & Saturdays from 9:30am-3:30pm and Sundays from 10am-3pm.
We invite you to be a part of the hope and resilience, by supporting the roots of our region in whatever way you are able. Whether by sharing our mission and programs with your social network, participating virtually with any of these opportunities, or caring for the trees that surround you and your home, your efforts help us preserve the legacy of our trees and the health of our neighborhoods for many generations to come.