Tree Foundation reaches 30,000-tree goal
Thanks to the support of community groups and businesses, local governments and a commitment from PG&E, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Greenwise Joint Venture hit their goal of 30,000 tree pledges. Trees pledged will be planted between now and California Arbor Day of next year.
The 30k Trees Campaign was an ambitious, month-long call to action to raise 30,000 tree-planting pledges across the six-county region in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Sacramento Tree Foundation.
“The greater Sacramento community has once again embraced the value of trees—trees clean the air we breathe, cool our homes in the summer and make our neighborhoods healthy and attractive,” said Ray Tretheway, executive director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation.
Over a 20-year period, 30,000 trees will collect 8.5 million tons of carbon, capture 11 million gallons of stormwater, and remove 110,000 pounds of pollutants from the air.
Pledges poured in from around the region, including more than 3,200 pledges on behalf of the cities of Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.
“Tree planting is considered a high-level priority in the Greenwise Regional Action Plan and I am confident these 30,000 trees will only further our efforts to become the greenest region in the country,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Top tree-pledgers included SMUD, PG&E, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Yolo County Resource Conservation District, the Center for Land-Based Learning, Teichert Materials, Wittier Ranch Community Alliance, Putah Creek Council, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Woodland Tree Foundation.
The 30k Trees Campaign is still accepting pledges online at 30kTrees.com.
The Sacramento Tree Foundation is always looking for areas in need of trees and can provide free SMUD shade trees to Sacramento area residents. For more information on suggesting tree planting locations or to find out how to get your free shade tree, visit sactree.com.