Create safer, cleaner, and healthier neighborhoods by planting trees in your yard, on your street, and in your parks, and schools.

Element A: Management of Public Trees

City and county streets and parks are home to most of our public trees. These are often the signature trees of a community, because they are typically the largest and most frequently seen. Properly managed, they serve as models to showcase the best tree selection, pruning, and care. The values of a community are displayed daily by the presence and quality of public trees, or by their absence.

Some of the many components to public tree management include: knowledgeable and experienced staff and contractors, stateof- the-art tree care programs, comprehensive inventories, regular tree assessments, and regular inter-departmental communications.

Adopting an urban forest master plan reinforces the values, goals, and vision of your city or county.

The Greenprint Clearinghouse, managed by the Sacramento Tree Foundation, will have available technical, scientifi c, and policymaking information and resources to assist Greenprint cities and counties in building optimal public tree management programs.

Growth Ring 1

  • Maintain public trees on an emergency basis
  • Become a Greenprint participant

Growth Ring 2

  • Assign a liaison to the Greenprint Clearinghouse
  • Conduct an urban forest value assessment4
  • Convene interdepartmental urban forest stakeholder working group
  • Develop stage 1 of urban reforestation program components5


  • Develop stage 2 of urban reforestation program components6
  • Adopt an urban forest master plan
  • Adopt staff education and certification guidelines

Growth Ring 4

  • Form an urban forest department/hire an urban forest coordinator
  • Conduct biannual urban forest department evaluations
  • Publish a state of the urban forest report on 5-year intervals

Element B: Local Government Policies and Ordinances »

  1. What's the Value of a Tree video. Sacramento Tree Foundation. 2004.
  2. E.G. McPherson, et al. Guidelines for San Joaquin Valley Communities. March 1999.
  3. Tree species selection can ensure low biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions.
  4. An urban forest value assessment provides a net value of your urban forest, canopy cover %, and priorities for management direction. The Greenprint Clearinghouse offers this service using a program developed and endorsed by the U.S. Forest Service.
  5. Mature tree care program; young tree care program; tree purchasing and planting specifications; 5-year planting plan
  6. Tree inventory and database; 20-year planting plan; tree hazard, pest and disease management program