STEP

Help us Save our Elms: Take a Walk, Save a Tree

2018 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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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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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 »

News See all

Chronicles of the Sacramento Elms

Sacramento, the City of Trees. Our streets canopied by that signature tree. The stately…“birch”? The stately…“poplar”? No, stately only comes to mind to describe the elm!

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2017 Save The Elms Program (STEP) Wrap-Up

Dutch elm disease (DED) Confirmed in Curtis Park

Save The Elms Program (STEP) Update

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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

Tree Town Hall Q&A

Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center

Monday, June 25 6:30P - 8:00P

Join the office of Vice Mayor Steve Hansen, the City of Sacramento Urban Forester, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation to hear the latest about our trees and get your questions answered.

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Smart Irrigation for Your Trees

Coloma Community Center

Saturday, July 14 9:30A - 11:30A

July is smart irrigation month! City of Sacramento and Sacramento Tree Foundation are partnering to provide a workshop that will help residents identify water deficiencies in young and mature trees and learn how to water trees with various irrigation systems while saving water and following the City’s new watering ordinance. Having healthy trees at your home will improve air quality, provide shade in hot summer months, save you money on your electricity bill and will improve your property value. Smart choices and watering methods are key to keeping your trees alive and healthy in a water wise landscape. Attendees will receive free hose timers and there will be a drawing at the workshop where one lucky person will receive a smart irrigation controller.

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