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 »

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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

Capitol Park Tree Tour

Capitol Park

Saturday, April 28 10:00A - 12:00P

Join us for a guided walk with a local expert through Sacramento's most diversely planted park and learn all about the trees and their history. One of the most visited in the region, Capitol Park boasts many State Champion tree specimens noted for their size, age, and beauty. This park is home to a variety of native trees as well as trees from all around the world.

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STEP Citizen Scientist Training

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community

Wednesday, May 2 6:00P - 8:00P

Sacramento’s elm trees are disappearing! Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento in monitoring our remaining public elms for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure that has taken the lives of thousands of elms around Sacramento since the 1990s. DED-infected trees will be removed by the City to prevent the further spread of this unwelcome pest. This training will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to monitor elms for DED symptoms using your mobile device. STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitoring selected elm trees three times between May and October.

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