Green Rx

Trees are integral to our health. People who live near trees report better general health and fewer health complaints.

Green Prescription: The Study

The Green Prescription research study used health data collected by the University of California Los Angeles for their California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to evaluate the connection between the amount of tree canopy and human health (population health/public health).

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Green Prescription: The Map

This map of our six-county region is a product of our new study linking tree canopy to human health: Green Prescription. 

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Green Prescription: The Partners

This study would not have been possible without the commitment and support of our partners and supporters.

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Help Us Plant a Doggie Oasis!

Daily walks are crucial to maintaining the mental and physical health of the dogs at the SSPCA. Register now to join us on Saturday, October 7th. Let’s build a pawsh doggie oasis for these pups to enjoy as they await their forever-homes!

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Partnership Fosters a Greener Tomorrow in Del Paso Heights

City Council Votes to Support Trees while Saving Water

Project Spotlight: Fruitridge Manor and the Mack Road Partnership

Urban Wood Rescue Program Update

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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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Care for your Roots

Roots work hard to keep your tree healthy, strong, and anchored into the ground. Learn how to care for your roots so they can thrive underground.

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Carolyn Coleman: Closing Keynote Speaker at APA State Conference

APA State Conference, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento

Tuesday, September 26 10:15A - 11:45A

For this session, the Speaker Series will join up with the 2017 State APA Conference to hear from Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director of the California League of Cities. Ms. Coleman will speak on important issues facing our cities and will draw upon the Conference theme “Capitalizing on our Diversity”. She brings 25 years of experience as a leader and an advocate in the public and private sectors to her role as executive director of the League of California Cities. She joined the League of California Cities in December 2016 after a decade with the National League of Cities (NLC) in Washington, D.C. as senior executive and director of federal advocacy. During her tenure at NLC, she oversaw the organization’s advocacy efforts and worked closely with city leaders and the 49 state municipal leagues throughout the country to advance NLC’s priorities in matters before Congress, the Administration and the courts. Prior to working with NLC, Coleman served as deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis where she focused on economic development, infrastructure and community engagement. She previously practiced law and held marketing leadership positions in the private sector.

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Barking up the Right Tree: Help Create a Doggie Oasis

Sacramento SPCA, Sacramento

Saturday, October 7 8:30A - 12:30P

Through the support of SMUD, we are teaming up with the Sacramento SPCA to create a Doggie Oasis! On any given day, the Sacramento SPCA has well over 100 dogs in their shelter and every one of them gets walked in their "Back 40" area. Thanks to a couple of generous donors, new pathways with decomposed granite, irrigation, and new fencing have been installed. Now it's time to fill the area with drought-tolerant trees and shrubs, growing shade and making it a beautiful, natural landscape for both the dogs and SPCA's volunteers.

We need your help to complete this wonderful space! Join us as we plant approximately 25 new trees and mulch the existing trees in the area.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers ages 16-18 are required to have adult supervision to participate.


Community Planting Leader (CPL) Orientation

Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento

Saturday, October 14 10:00A - 12:00P

Join our team of Community Planting Leaders in growing and protecting the best urban forest in the nation! At this orientation, you'll learn about the Sacramento Tree Foundation's mission and programs, how to effectively lead volunteers at tree planting and care events, and what being a CPL for habitat restoration or urban tree planting projects involves going forward. CPLs commit to supporting at least 1 event per month October through May.

You must have volunteered at a tree planting or care event to be eligible to attend the orientation for CPLs. Click here for more information about the program.