Green Rx

Trees serve a variety of functions that improve health in our communities.

Green Rx

Culminating in June 2015, the Tree Foundation conducted the Green Prescription study to evaluate the connection between tree canopy and human health. The results show that in the urban areas of our region, there is a strong connection between having increased tree canopy and several health outcomes.

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Urban Forests for Clean Air

In 2006, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) entered into a partnership to evaluate the effects of the urban forest on regional air quality, with the goal of including a voluntary control strategy based on trees in the Sacramento Regional 8-Hour Ozone Attainment and Reasonable Further Progress Plan (the Plan). Once approved, the Plan will become an update to the California State Implementation Plan for Air Quality.

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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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Events See all

Sacramento: City of Trees? Addressing the Inequitable Distribution of our Region’s Urban Forest

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.

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Caring for Trees in Low Water Landscapes Workshop

Carmichael Library, Carmichael

Saturday, August 5 10:00A - 12:00P

During the drought last year, many trees died due to insufficient water. Many trees were also stressed and weakened due to these problems, resulting in many more trees blowing over in strong winds in the winter months. At this workshop, you'll learn how to keep your trees alive and healthy in a low-water landscape. Learn how to identify water deficiency in young and mature trees and how to correctly water these trees.

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