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Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Why Plant Trees?

Trees are constantly working for us. They clean our air and water, help us save energy, provide wildlife habitat, and increase our quality of life. They are a legacy we plant and leave for future generations. Learn more about how trees impact our community health and how you can bring the benefits of trees to your neighborhood.

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Before You Plant

Selecting the right tree for the right spot is the first step when thinking about planting your new tree. Before you plant watch our Right Tree in the Right Place video, use our Greenprint Tree Guide (.pdf) to select the best tree for your home, and learn how to choose the best quality tree from a nursery.

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How to Plant

Yes, there are right and wrong ways to plant a tree. By following our best planting practices, your tree will get the best start for a long and healthy life. Watch our planting video to see best planting practices in action.

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Caring for your Tree

It takes most newly planted trees three years to establish a solid root system and strong trunk. Your watchful care during this time will grow a stronger, more healthy tree. Attend one of our free young tree pruning clinics to learn how to shape your tree and sign up to receive our seasonal tree tips by email.

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Teach Kids about the Urban Forest

Seed to Seedling is an award-winning California native oak curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders that meets California content standards. Kids learn about natural and cultural history of California's native oaks and the incredible benefits of trees. Educators will find the curriculum flexible, easy to use, and fun! Educators in the Sacramento region can participate in our seedling growing program and have their students plant acorns and grow seedlings on their classroom windowsill.

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Be an Advocate for Trees

Planting 5 million more trees will require help from everyone in our community. Get involved in the Greenprint intiative, our bold vision to enhance the quality of life in our region by expanding the urban forest and maximizing the benefits of trees

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Help Us Plant a Doggie Oasis!

Daily walks are crucial to maintaining the mental and physical health of the dogs at the SSPCA. Register now to join us on Saturday, October 7th. Let’s build a pawsh doggie oasis for these pups to enjoy as they await their forever-homes!

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Partnership Fosters a Greener Tomorrow in Del Paso Heights

City Council Votes to Support Trees while Saving Water

Project Spotlight: Fruitridge Manor and the Mack Road Partnership

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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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Care for your Roots

Roots work hard to keep your tree healthy, strong, and anchored into the ground. Learn how to care for your roots so they can thrive underground.

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Acorn Harvester Training

Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael

Sunday, September 24 9:00A - 12:00P

Learn about the biology of our native oak trees and become qualified to harvest acorns for Sacramento Tree Foundation programs. Class will include both classroom-style and hands-on learning and is geared towards individuals 12 and older. This class is perfect for scout leaders, educators, and students who wish to participate in this fall's harvest. After class, Acorn Harvesters work on their own schedule to help us gather 10,000 acorns from throughout the Sacramento region.

This event is full. Please email volunteer@sactree.com to be added to our wait-list.

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Carolyn Coleman: Closing Keynote Speaker at APA State Conference

APA State Conference, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento

Tuesday, September 26 10:15A - 11:45A

For this session, the Speaker Series will join up with the 2017 State APA Conference to hear from Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director of the California League of Cities. Ms. Coleman will speak on important issues facing our cities and will draw upon the Conference theme “Capitalizing on our Diversity”. She brings 25 years of experience as a leader and an advocate in the public and private sectors to her role as executive director of the League of California Cities. She joined the League of California Cities in December 2016 after a decade with the National League of Cities (NLC) in Washington, D.C. as senior executive and director of federal advocacy. During her tenure at NLC, she oversaw the organization’s advocacy efforts and worked closely with city leaders and the 49 state municipal leagues throughout the country to advance NLC’s priorities in matters before Congress, the Administration and the courts. Prior to working with NLC, Coleman served as deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis where she focused on economic development, infrastructure and community engagement. She previously practiced law and held marketing leadership positions in the private sector.

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