Open spaces are an important part of our urban forest. Trees, shrubs and other native plants in these areas help clean the air and water and provide valuable wildlife habitat. Open spaces also provide recreation opportunities, carbon sequestration, and a multitude of health benefits to our communities.
The Sacramento Tree Foundation works in these open space areas to ensure our entire urban forest is as robust and healthy as possible.
Oftentimes, when healthy trees are removed for infrastructure improvements or building purposes, new trees are required to be planted as replacements. Planting and maintaining these new trees mitigates for the loss of benefits caused by removing the existing trees. Tree mitigation projects provide new wildlife habitat, clean air, stormwater capture and filtration, and more.
The Sacramento Tree Foundation's mitigation process includes finding appropriate land for planting, providing healthy tree stock, educating community volunteers, and planting and maintaining new trees for a minimum of three years.
Biological Monitoring and Mapping
Monitoring and mapping our urban forest provides a comprehensive view of its health and species composition across time. Done regularly, these activities contribute to our region's understanding of urban forestry trends, threats, and benefits provided to our communities. With this information, the Sacramento region can make informed decisions about the planting and management of our urban forest.
Land Enhancement & Management
Growing a healthy urban forest is a long term investment. By enhancing and managing open spaces, the Sacramento Tree Foundation helps create lasting native habitat. From removing invasive species to maintaining plants, irrigation and fencing, the entire ecosystem can be protected and enhanced to provide maximum benefits to local wildlife and communities.
Native Plant Propagation
Planting local, genetically appropriate native species is an important aspect of providing quality wildlife habitat through mitigation and land enhancement. The Sacramento Tree Foundation grows appropriate native plants to use in many planting projects, including the award winning Seed to Seedling program for elementary schools. Learn more about the Seed to Seedling program and how you can help Sacramento Tree Foundation gather and grow the next generation of native plants for our region.