Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento
Saturday, July 15 9:00A - 11:00A
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.
West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento
Friday, July 28 8:30A - 10:30A
Recently, a new project launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed the long-held belief that Sacramento is the “City of Trees.” Using
Google Maps’ street view data to measure tree cover in 17 cities around the globe, Sacramento was found to be number one in the United States and ranked
third overall. While exciting news, there is still much work that needs to be done. Trees are integral to human health. People who reside in neighborhoods with
more trees have lower rates of obesity, are more active, show lower levels of depression, and live longer lives. Unfortunately, the Sacramento Region suffers
from stunning inequity when comparing the canopy cover of different neighborhoods, preventing many from reaping the benefits of our glorious canopy. Join
us as we explore a brief history of Sacramento, highlighting the lack of investment in certain communities. Learn how urban greening dollars are working to
build community engagement while expediting tree planting in under-canopied neighborhoods. Discuss how we can plan for the future, making sure that
trees and green spaces are at the forefront during the design of new communities instead of merely an afterthought.