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

2017 Save The Elms Program (STEP) Wrap-Up

On a cool, sunny morning in late September, members of our team of volunteer Citizen Scientists, SacTree’s staff, and the City of Sacramento’s staff gathered for delicious brunch under the oaks and elms in Land Park to celebrate another successful year of our Save The Elms Program (STEP). It had been exactly a year since we last met for the purpose of discussing the overall impact of our team’s efforts to monitor Sacramento’s public American and English elms for the pervasive Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure which has ravaged our city’s elms since the 1990’s. As our monitoring season wasnearing its end, everyone was anxious to find out how we did this time around

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Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Update

Save The Elms Program Celebrates Success!

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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

Water Wise Tree Care Class

San Juan Water District, Granite Bay

Saturday, October 21 9:30A - 11:00A

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and San Juan Water District to learn about caring for your trees using low water landscaping techniques. Discover the magic of mulching, slow-watering strategies, and more. Learn to keep your young and mature trees healthy with the right amount of water. The wet weather last winter was certainly welcome, but these water wise methods for tree care remain useful for our hot and dry summer climate.

You will be directed to the San Juan Water District's website to register.

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Pruning and Maintaining Your Water Smart Landscape Workshop

Citrus Heights Community Center, Citrus Heights

Wednesday, November 1 6:00P - 8:00P

Join Eco Landscape California and the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a workshop focused on things you can do in the fall and winter to keep your tree and plant-based landscape looking great. This workshop includes information on pruning young shade trees and other plants, maintaining irrigation systems, and managing wet-weather pests.

You will be redirected to Eco Landscape California's website to register.

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