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The State of the Trees Report, published by the Sacramento Tree Foundation in 2000, laid out a bold vision: to capitalize on the remarkable benefits of trees to create the best urban forest for the Sacramento region.

As a result, in 2001 elected officials representing twenty municipalities in our six-county region took an exciting leap towards regional collaboration by signing an Urban Forest Compact. The Compact proposed a shared vision and identified goals to optimize the benefits of our region's urban forest.

Over the next three years, an educational campaign produced a video and brochure, both titled What's the Value of a Tree. In specific detail they describe the benefits of trees and their financial value to our region. Other educational materials described the significant economic and health benefits that trees provide, and detailed the supporting studies conducted by leading scientists.

Beginning in 2005, residents and stakeholders were invited to participate in a public involvement campaign to contribute their thoughts and ideas in reviewing the first draft of the Greenprint. Over 35 presentations were made to elected bodies, civic groups, professional organizations, service clubs and general community meetings. Hundreds of citizen participants from Colfax to Winters, Live Oak to Galt, and all compass points between helped craft the best approaches to greening our communities.

Public Comments Summary Report (PDF)

The Greenprint represents the thinking and vision of the Tree Foundation board and staff, members of the scientific community, urban foresters and arborists, civic and elected leaders and concerned citizens from throughout the region.

Guiding Principles »