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

Pocket-Greenhaven Hands On Pruning Workshop

Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library

Saturday, January 20 11:00A - 1:30P

Learn how to prune young shade trees for strong and attractive structure from a Sacramento Tree Foundation Certified Arborist. Quick, simple steps you can take now to help your young shade trees grow healthy and beautiful will save you time and money in the future.

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River Park Hands On Pruning Workshop

Fremont Presbyterian Church, Geneva Room

Saturday, January 27 9:00A - 11:30A

Learn how to prune young shade trees for strong and attractive structure from a Sacramento Tree Foundation Certified Arborist. Quick, simple steps you can take now to help your young shade trees grow healthy and beautiful will save you time and money in the future. This workshop includes an indoor classroom portion at Fremont Presbyterian Church, followed by outdoor field training in the River Park neighborhood practicing pruning in small groups on young trees (tools provided).

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