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

Element C: Community Partnerships

The most significant element to creating a healthy urban forest is the role played by private property owners and volunteers, because 80% of the urban forest is located on private land. Cities and counties that create partnerships with their community members and businesses are more likely to succeed in their urban forest plans and programs.

Developing public, private, and nonprofi t partnerships provides support for mobilizing widespread volunteerism. These partnerships create effective, long-term solutions for our cities and counties to develop a sustainable urban forest.

Community organizations including TREE Davis, the Woodland Tree Foundation, Placer Tree Partners, the Roseville Urban Forest Foundation, and the Sacramento Valley Urban Forest Council are poised to provide resources for tree planting, urban forest stewardship, and community education.

Growth Ring 1

  • Sponsor community and neighborhood tree plantings
  • Recognize volunteer contributions

Growth Ring 2

  • Conduct media events for tree projects and Greenprint milestones
  • Create partnerships to develop: local preferred tree list, landscape and planting guidelines, and outreach to form NeighborWoods3 groups
  • Gain recognition as a Tree City USA4


  • Form a Citizen Advisory Tree Committee
  • Grow partnerships to develop: structured support for NeighborWoods leaders, groups and projects; residential tree care guide; and business guide to trees
  • Develop and implement private partnership tree planting and grant programs
  • Earn a Tree City growth award5
  • Create partnerships with school districts for tree plantings

Growth Ring 4

  • Through partnerships: support NeighborWoods groups to develop neighborhood-level urban forest master plans, and host recognition events for community tree heroes and champions
  • Gain recognition as a Sterling Tree City USA6

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  1. Sacramento Association of Realtors. 2004.
  2. Kathleen L. Wolf. November 1998. Center for Urban Horticulture, Fact Sheet #5, University of Washington.
  3. NeighborWoods is an established Sacramento Tree Foundation program, and modeled nation-wide by the Alliance for Community Trees and Home Depot.
  4. Tree City USA is a National Arbor Day Foundation program that requires an awardee to have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with $2 per capita annual budget, and an Arbor Day observance.
  5. A Tree City Growth Award is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation to recognize Tree City USA participants for completing activities to strengthen local tree care programs.
  6. Sterling Tree City USA is awarded to Tree City USA participants who earn a Tree City Growth Award for ten consecutive years.