STEP

Help us Save our Elms: Take a Walk, Save a Tree

2017 Training Dates

Want to join our team of citizen scientists this year? Check out the dates for our upcoming trainings for the Save The Elms Program. 

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About STEP

For more than 30 years we have trained volunteers to advocate and care for our urban forest. The Save The Elms Program builds on that foundation by training citizen scientists to help identify Dutch elm disease symptoms in order to slow the spread of the disease.

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GreenprintMaps

Want to know if there are elms needing monitoring in your neighborhood? Check out GreenprintMaps and find out! In addition to seeing where our elms are located, you can also learn about their incredible value to our community. Annually, our public elm trees save us more than $200,000 through energy conservation, carbon storage, air quality improvements and so much more.  » Check it Out »

STEP Citizen Scientist

Interested in helping the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento identify elm trees that may be infected by Dutch elm disease? Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientists will help us identify unhealthy trees by visually monitoring public elms throughout the summer.

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Meet our Expert Task Force

Our Expert Task Force ensures STEP efforts are science based, locally appropriate, and measurable. 

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News See all

Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Sadly, Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure, claimed its first two casualties of the year in Curtis Park at the corner of 26th Street and Marshall Way in late April.

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Save The Elms Program (STEP) Update

Save The Elms Program Celebrates Success!

Save The Elms Training Success Story!

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Trees for Neighborhoods

The NeighborWoods Program is your opportunity to grow the forest in your very own neighborhood! This program focuses on building investment in your neighborhood by working toward a greater, greener vision through trees. Work directly with one of our expert Community Foresters to plant the right trees in the right places throughout your neighborhood and maximize the many benefits of trees for your community.

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Choose the Best Tree for your Space!

Find ideal trees for your space by searching our Shady Eighty database for tree characteristics you’re most interested in! We created a list of the very best trees for our region and now you can easily search our online database for trees that meet your needs. Happy planting!

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Events See all

Public-Private Partnerships for Developing Affordable Housing

West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento

Friday, August 25 8:30A - 10:30A

Since 2012 and the changes to redevelopment agencies in the State, affordable housing has been more difficult to finance and construct. Developers and local agencies have had to be more creative about assembling funding sources, leveraging new financial tools, and being more collaborative. Public-private partnerships (PPP) within the Sacramento region have successfully tackled the issues of affordable housing and can help guide future projects. The West Gateway Place project was the first project in the State with an Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant to break ground. The first vertical project in the new Downtown Railyards will be an affordable housing project that leverages the previous investments in infrastructure and will benefit from future public and private funding for parks, schools, and other urban amenities benefiting these future residents.

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Acorn Harvester Training

Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin

Saturday, September 9 9:00A - 12:00P

Learn about the biology of our native oak trees and become qualified to harvest acorns for Sacramento Tree Foundation programs. Class will include both classroom-style and hands-on learning and is geared towards individuals 12 and older. This class is perfect for scout leaders, educators, and students who wish to participate in this fall's harvest. After class, Acorn Harvesters work on their own schedule to help us gather 10,000 acorns from throughout the Sacramento region.

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