About TREE Davis
Who are we?TREE Davis' mission is to enhance the Davis urban forest while educating area residents, businesses, schools, and other organizations on the value of trees in our community. Inspired by the need to educate people about the benefits, importance and needs of urban trees, a small group of dedicated individuals formed TREE Davis in 1992.
We are committed to educating the residents of Davis through a variety of programs and workshops. Technical advice, tree planting demonstrations, community planting projects, tree maintenance and pruning workshops, classroom programs and educational literature are among the many activities and services that TREE Davis offers.
Central Park Valley Oak
Trees & people
Since our inception in 1992 we have:
- Worked with over 2,000 volunteers to plant 7,000 new trees;
- Coordinated educational programs with area schools and community
groups, including Birch Lane, Cesar Chavez, North Davis, Patwin,
Pioneer and Willett Elementary Schools, Holmes Junior High, Emerson
Junior High, Davis High School, Davis School for Independent Study,
UC Davis, University Extension, the Yolo Basin Foundation, the
Boy and Girl Scouts, and the Davis Rotary Club;
- Established a partnership with the City of Davis Parks and Community
Services Department, Tree Commission, and Tree Maintenance Division
to involve Davis citizens in the planting and maintenance of our
- Published a quarterly newsletter, Branching Out, and educational
brochures on tree planting, tree establishment, and selecting
quality nursery stock;
- Coordinated the volunteer activities for the 1998 national Make
a Difference Day tree planting at the Vic Fazio Wildlife Area
where 200 volunteers helped plant 3,600 native California trees
- Planted and maintained a 3.2 mile Adopt-a-Highway site on State
- Sponsored free community workshops on tree care, planting, maintenance,
and urban forestry/environmental education.
Our goals for the future
As our success grows, so do the expectations of the community. Future
projects include parking lot shade monitoring, an ongoing series of
free tree care workshops, and our tree care partnership with the City
We are committed to educating the public about trees because we
see urban and community forestry as part of the solution to the
problems of today and tomorrow. Bringing people together to act
as stewards for our community, our country and our planet is a form
of empowerment. Teaching people to care for and plant trees can
be used as a stepping stone for increased environmental action.
Planting a tree is not just something you do for fun; planting a
tree can help reduce pollution, provide cooling shade on a summer's
day, bring neighbors together, increase property values, reduce
crime, foster community cooperation, and provide habitat for local
wildlife. Planting and caring for trees instills hope for the future.
We thank you for being a part of that hope.
TREE Davis Program Highlights
Ever wonder how your membership donations are
used? Well, check out what we've been up to since 1992!
Community tree plantings are the cornerstone of
our public outreach program. Since our inception in 1992, we have
worked with over a 1,000 volunteers to plant close to 4,000 new
trees. Because we are a public, non-profit organization, all of
our trees are planted on public property, for everybody to enjoy.
In an effort to keep costs down, we use grant funds to pay for most
of our planting material. And of course, there is no greater way
to leverage our funds, to help the environment, and to grow a sense
of community than to use volunteers to plant the trees! This picture
shows 3rd grade students from North Davis Elementary planting trees
for Earth Day 1993. UC Davis Grounds Division, TREE Davis members,
the Davis Rotary, and students, staff, and parents from North Davis
teamed up to plant 100 trees.
As an organization, our mission is to educate
the public about the needs, benefits, and importance of urban trees.
Part of fulfilling that mission is to provide free workshops to
the community. In the past, we have provided two types of workshops:
general education for community members, and training workshops
for volunteers who help us with our stewardship and education programs.
Participants learn about the importance of selecting the right tree
for the right place, planting preparation and technique, and proper
pruning skills. Our stewardship training workshops teach volunteers
how to properly prune and care for young trees. Once trained, these
volunteers prune and care for trees on local greenbelts, schools,
and parks. Our educational workshops provide instruction in urban
forestry and environmental education.
In partnership with the Davis Rotary Club, TREE
Davis has adopted a 3.2 mile stretch of Highway 113. To date, we
have worked with hundreds of volunteers to plant and maintain the
east side of the freeway from Covell Boulevard to County Road 29.
All of the plants are native to the Central Valley, and are well
equipped to survive our long, hot summers, and cool, wet winters.
In this 1997 picture, personnel from McClellan Air Force Base are
installing temporary irrigation to help give the trees a head start.
Each year we hold a work day to clean up the site, check irrigation,
re-plant, mulch, and weed. Plans are currently under way to plant
the west side of the highway and the southeast off-ramp at Covell
In an effort to educate the public, we strive
to provide a number of public outreach opportunities for our members
and volunteers. We routinely setup a table at the Davis Farmers'
Market and other community events to answer tree-related questions.
In addition to answering questions, we sell t-shirts and notecards
and distribute free educational materials, including our quarterly
newsletter, Branching Out, and our brochures "Tree Planting",
"Tree Establishment" and "Selecting Quality Nursery
Every so often a project comes along that we just
can't say "no" to ... and the 1998 Make a Difference Day
tree planting at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area was just such a project!
In December 1997 we were approached by Robin Kulakow, the executive
director of the Yolo Basin Foundation (YBF) to help coordinate a
tree planting in the Wildlife Area. The project was a joint effort
between TREE Davis, YBF, California Department of Fish and Game,
and the Army Corps of Engineers. After months of coordination, dozens
of emails, hundreds of phone calls, and lots of sweat equity, close
to 200 volunteers helped to plant 3,500 native California trees
and shrubs on Sunday October 25, 1998. All of the plants are native
to the Sacramento Valley, and are well adapted to long, hot summers
and occasional winter flooding. Species include valley oak, cottonwood,
willow, white alder, sycamore, Oregon ash, box elder, button bush,
California rose, and mule fat.