Green Rx

Trees serve a variety of functions that improve health in our communities.

Green Rx

Culminating in June 2015, the Tree Foundation conducted the Green Prescription study to evaluate the connection between tree canopy and human health. The results show that in the urban areas of our region, there is a strong connection between having increased tree canopy and several health outcomes.

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Urban Forests for Clean Air

In 2006, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) entered into a partnership to evaluate the effects of the urban forest on regional air quality, with the goal of including a voluntary control strategy based on trees in the Sacramento Regional 8-Hour Ozone Attainment and Reasonable Further Progress Plan (the Plan). Once approved, the Plan will become an update to the California State Implementation Plan for Air Quality.

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2018 California Arbor Week Celebrations!

Thanks to the passion and gusto of a tree-lover named J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by planting an estimated one million trees! Since its inception in the 1800’s, Arbor Day has been celebrated around the nation as a day to plant and care for trees. How does Sacramento celebrate? Let us count the ways...

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Winter Tree Tips

A Growing Partnership

Top 5 Evergreen Trees

Connecting the Dots: Sacramento County NeighborWoods Initiative

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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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Events See all

Planting Leader Orientation

Sacramento Tree Foundation Office

Thursday, March 22 6:00P - 7:30P

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

You must have volunteered at a tree planting or care event to be eligible to attend the orientation for Planting Leaders.

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NeighborWoods Planting at Abraham Lincoln Elementary

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Rancho Cordova

Saturday, March 24 8:45A - 12:00P

The City of Rancho Cordova has prioritized increasing its tree canopy because trees provide wide-ranging benefits that directly and positively impact its residents. The City of Rancho Cordova and the Sacramento Tree Foundation have identified Countryside as a community that would benefit from the addition of trees and began the process by transforming Countryside Park with 26 beautiful new shade trees in Fall 2017. This March, we will continue to beautify the neighborhood and we hope that you will join us as we bring new shade trees to Abraham Lincoln Elementary and individual homes throughout the community.

Please arrive at 8:45 AM to check in so we can get started right away at 9 AM.