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Why Plant Trees?

Trees are constantly working for us. They clean our air and water, help us save energy, provide wildlife habitat, and increase our quality of life. They are a legacy we plant and leave for future generations. Learn more about how trees impact our community health and how you can bring the benefits of trees to your neighborhood.

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Before You Plant

Selecting the right tree for the right spot is the first step when thinking about planting your new tree. Before you plant watch our Right Tree in the Right Place video, use our Greenprint Tree Guide (.pdf) to select the best tree for your home, and learn how to choose the best quality tree from a nursery.

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How to Plant

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.

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Caring for your Tree

It takes most newly planted trees three years to establish a solid root system and strong trunk. Your watchful care during this time will grow a stronger, more healthy tree. Attend one of our free young tree pruning clinics to learn how to shape your tree and sign up to receive our seasonal tree tips by email.

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Teach Kids about the Urban Forest

Seed to Seedling is an award-winning California native oak curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders that meets California content standards. Kids learn about natural and cultural history of California's native oaks and the incredible benefits of trees. Educators will find the curriculum flexible, easy to use, and fun! Educators in the Sacramento region can participate in our seedling growing program and have their students plant acorns and grow seedlings on their classroom windowsill.

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Be an Advocate for Trees

Planting 5 million more trees will require help from everyone in our community. Get involved in the Greenprint intiative, our bold vision to enhance the quality of life in our region by expanding the urban forest and maximizing the benefits of trees

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Partnership Fosters a Greener Tomorrow in Del Paso Heights

Over the last two years, Sac Tree has made a concerted effort to engage community members in under-canopied neighborhoods with the hope of delivering the education needed to grow the best urban forest possible. You might have read about our activities in South Sacramento and Rancho Cordova; however, did you know we’ve also been busy in the Del Paso Heights area of North Sac?

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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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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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