2016 was a pilot year for STEP as they brought it back from a multi-year hiatus with some cool new technology. This year, they'll once again partner with the City of Sacramento to recruit and train volunteer Citizen Scientists to monitor Sacramento’s majestic American and English elms for Dutch elm disease (DED): a fungal disease with no known cure that has been plaguing our city since the 1990s. Sacramento’s elm population has been reduced from 25,000 elms to just 2,200 elms over the decades largely due to this unwelcome pest.
Last year, the goal was to train 50 volunteers to monitor at least 500 elms for DED. The Foundation jumped past that goal with 50 volunteers monitoring 750+ elms – about 34% of the total population. The Foundation would be thrilled if you could join them and help them reach their goal of recruiting and training 100 volunteers to monitor 1,100 elms this year. By 2018, we could monitor 100% of the elms in Sacramento!
Please see the maps (below) of all of the elms in our neighborhood as well as city-wide youyou can attend one of the upcoming trainings for STEP to learn how you can monitor our cherished elms for DED
Trainings this year are scheduled as follows:
- Saturday, April 8th from 9 – 11 AM at the Coloma Community Center in Elmhurst
- Thursday, April 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Sierra 2 Center in Curtis Park
- Saturday, May 20th from 9 – 11 AM at Breath California of Sacramento in Downtown
The Sacramento Tree Foundation greatly appreciates your support growing and protecting our urban forest.