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SacTree celebrates Arbor Week, big birthday

Tree lovers of all ages invited to Sunday event

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Celebrate the trees above and around us during the Sacramento Tree Foundation's 40th anniversary
party and Arbor Day celebration this Sunday. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

It’s time to hug our favorite trees and show our urban forest some love!

This is Arbor Week in California. It also represents a milestone for the Sacramento Tree Foundation, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this week.

SacTree was founded on California Arbor Day 40 years ago, which means it's time for a special anniversary party, too.

“Since our founding on March 7, 1982, thousands of community members like you have helped us plant over 1.5 million trees throughout the region,” says the foundation. “Thanks to your ongoing support and dedication over these four decades, our region is greener, healthier, and more beautiful for generations to come. We could not have made it this far without you, so to celebrate, we’d love for you to join us for some special events during California Arbor Week!”

Among those free and family-friendly events are a scavenger hunt, walking tours and virtual tours. See the full schedule here: https://sactree.org/arbor-week-2022/

The big event will be Sunday, March 13, at Urban Wood Rescue, 6045 Midway St., Sacramento, in Depot Park. From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the tree people will gather for SacTree’s 40th birthday party.

The party will feature “food trucks, a makers’ faire, demonstrations and activities for all ages to learn more about Sacramento’s urban forest and how the Tree Foundation stewards it from seed to slab,” says SacTree. “Admission is free, but there will be food, drink, wood, and wares available for purchase.”

Attendees can register in advance on eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arbor-week-festival-registration-244660455007

More details: www.sactree.org .

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