About

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization working to build healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest in the nation. 

Since 1982, we have been building partnerships and empowering communities to envision the best places to live and invest in their urban forest. We do this by educating, advocating and lending support for tree plantings.

Why trees? Because...

Cool breezes grow here.

Shade trees shield our homes, roadways, and parking lots from the scorching summer heat. Shade trees can lower a household's cooling costs by nearly one-third - saving money while keep us comfortable. Homes with shade trees also have higher property values.

Healthy bodies grow here.

Trees and green spaces can improve our health. People are more likely to be physically active in neighborhoods where trees are plentiful. Areas with trees invite contemplation and recreation --essential for restoring our bodies and minds.

Friendships grow here.

Trees bring people together. They create social spaces where people gather and foster a sense of belonging. Neighborhoods with green spaces are tighter-knit, safer, and more livable.

Fresh air grows here.

Trees are nature's way of cleaning our air. Tree leaves absorb pollutants, produce oxygen, and make cleaner air for us to breathe.

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News See all

2018 California Arbor Week Celebrations!

Thanks to the passion and gusto of a tree-lover named J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by planting an estimated one million trees! Since its inception in the 1800’s, Arbor Day has been celebrated around the nation as a day to plant and care for trees. How does Sacramento celebrate? Let us count the ways...

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Winter Tree Tips

A Growing Partnership

Top 5 Evergreen Trees

How-To See all

Plant a Tree

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • How wide should I dig the hole when I plant shade trees?
  • How high above the soil level should the top of the root ball be?

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Choose the Best Quality Tree from a Nursery

There are advantages to selecting good quality nursery trees. Good quality trees are more likely to survive post- planting, establish more quickly, and live longer in the landscape.

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Events See all

Tree Hero Awards Dinner

California Farm Bureau

Wednesday, May 30 5:30P - 8:30P

Join us for Sacramento’s preeminent environmental awards. The awards honor the people and projects that have done great things for our region’s urban forest. Click here to register. 

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Mulching at Bear Hollow

Bear Hollow Drainage Basin

Saturday, June 2 8:15A - 11:30P

Come join the City of Rancho Cordova and the Sacramento Tree Foundation in mulching 93 trees planted as part of CA Arbor Week 2018. You will have the opportunity to mulch oak seedlings planted near the Bear Hollow Drainage Basin. Mulching these trees will help them grow strong to provide shade to people while bolstering the trees' health. This is a great event for families. We hope to see you there!

Please arrive at 8:15 AM to check in and grab a snack so we can get started right away at 8:30 AM to beat the heat!

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