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

Acorn Harvester Training

Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael

Sunday, September 24 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.

This event is full. Please email volunteer@sactree.com to be added to our wait-list.

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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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