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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Sacramento Children’s Museum Host 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Sacramento Children’s Museum Host 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

On Tuesday, April 22, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and the Sacramento Children’s Museum will host their 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration. Starting at 11:00 AM, attendees will be able to celebrate Earth Day 2014 through interactive, Earth-friendly lessons from event partners. This is a free public event, and will take place in the parking lot next to the Children’s Museum. Kids 12 and under will be given free admission into the Children’s Museum.



Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Sacramento Children’s Museum

California Department of Parks and Recreation

California Department of Water Resources

California Department of Fish and Game

Sacramento Air Quality Management District

Sacramento Regional Transit

City of Rancho Cordova

Republic Services

Cal American Water

Sacramento Food Bank

Greenprint Summit 2014: Planning for Trees & Public Health

This year’s 4rd Annual Greenprint Summit will expand on last year’s Summit of the critical need to integrate the urban forest into urban planning, given the impact of the urban forest and built environment on urban health. 200 attendees are expected,  including municipal planners, health professionals, elected officials, urban forest managers, and community activists.

The Tree Foundation’s mission is to build healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best regional urban forest in the nation. Over the last decade there has been an explosion in new research and pilot projects involving the impact of the built environment on public health. The Tree Foundation has collaborated on several such projects and many more are happening around the region and in other parts of the country.

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a tree tour of Sacramento’s beloved McKinley Park. The tours will begin near the Shepard Garden and Art Center parking lot. The tours will be lead by a Certified Arborist. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone and will be shown how to identify trees, edit data, and a lot more using GreenprintMaps.  Digital technology is not required to enjoy the trees and the tour.

Tour Begins/Ends: Shepard Garden and Art Center: 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento 95816

Tour dates:

Tuesday, July 30, 6:30-8:00pm.

Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-8:00pm.

Monday, September 23, 6:00-7:30pm.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Mulch Madness returns to McKinley Park

Mulch Madness returns to McKinley Park

Grab your wheelbarrow and join the after-work mulching party at McKinley Park. Volunteers are needed to help care for the park by applying mulch rings around the park trees. If you don’t have a wheelbarrow, just show up! The Sacramento Tree Foundation will have extra wheelbarrows, gloves and rakes.

Monday, July 15, 6:30-8:00pm  –  Meet near the Pond

Monday, August 12, 6:30-8:00pm. –  Meet near the basketball court

Monday, September 9, 6:00-8:00pm.  –  Meet near the Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.

Mulch Madness! is supported by the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.  Mulch is provided by the City of Sacramento Urban Forestry Service.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Volunteers needed to Transform Grant High: July 24-27

Volunteers needed to Transform Grant High: July 24-27

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is looking for 250 volunteers during the week of July 24-27 to participate in their largest planting event of the year.

This summer, Grant High is undertaking a massive makeover. For years students have walked along the barren pathway that connects Grant High School main campus to the West Campus.  During warm months it's a sweltering trek and during wet months a long dash for shelter.  During the week of July 24th-27th all of that will change with a massive overhaul and planting party.

The project was conceived and planned by students from the GEO Environmental Science and Design Academy at Grant High School working in partnership with UC Davis Landscape Architecture students.  Their plan includes replacing asphalt with permeable pavement and installing vegetated bioswales to recharge groundwater and filter storm water run-off.