About GreenprintMaps

GreenprintMaps presents the urban forest of the Greenprint region – Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Sutter, and Yuba Counties. Everyone is invited to join us in mapping all of our trees – in parks, on streets, at schools, in parking lots and at home. You can find trees, add trees, ask a question about a tree, and calculate the value of a tree. GreenprintMaps is fun and easy for everyone. Cities can better manage their trees, planners can protect trees, scientists can combat tree pests and diseases, and homeowners can share their tree stories. We hope you’ll help us grow the best regional urban forest in the nation.

History

The roots of this project (if you'll pardon the pun) lie in San Francisco with the original Urban Forest Map -- a collaboration of government, nonprofits (Friends of the Urban Forest in particular), businesses and citizen foresters to map every tree in San Francisco. The Urban Forest Map was developed as a prototype that could be expanded to other cities. The underlying source code is open-source and has been built upon by a team in Philadelphia to build PhillyTreeMap. The fruits of this collaboration form the foundation of GreenprintMaps, and in the spirit of open source, the improvements made to GreenprintMaps will be available to future developers building on the code.

Why?

Trees are Sacramento’s crowning glory and are especially valuable here with our hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Trees work for us non-stop - cleaning our air and water, reducing our energy costs, and combating climate change. They are a part of community infrastructure and vital to our personal and environmental health. They are a legacy we plant and leave for many generations – providing our city with a better quality of life, business climate, and sense of place. Trees do not understand jurisdictional boundaries or property lines. GreenprintMaps helps us work together to maximize the benefits that trees provide and to bring communities together.

About Greenprint

The Greenprint regional urban forest initiative, adopted by 22 cities and 6 counties in the Sacramento region, plans for the future of our regional urban forest. Greenprint is committed to urban forest best practices, leadership and community partnerships. We accomplish this with:

  • Our bold vision to enhance the quality of life in our region by expanding the urban forest and maximizing the benefits of trees.
  • Our roadmap for mobilizing and empowering community partners and volunteers to plant 5 million trees in the Sacramento region.
  • Our proud partnerships with elected officials, service and faith groups, businesses, youth, and everyone who will help us reach our goal.
  • A dedicated team of 28 elected officials from local jurisdictions who stand up for trees in their communities and champion the regional urban forest.

Just as blueprints are plans for craftsmen to construct buildings, Greenprint is our plan to build a thriving urban forest for the region. Greenprint is intended to complement the Blueprint, the regional smart growth plan adopted in 2004 by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. GreenprintMaps is our latest project to support and improve the urban forest throughout the six-county region.

Our goal with GreenprintMaps is to provide a one-stop repository for tree data, welcoming information from any agency or group and enabling and celebrating citizen participation. Together we'll work toward building a complete, dynamic picture of the urban forest.

Partners

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to grow healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by empowering people to plant, protect, and learn about trees. We are leading the effort to plant 5 million trees in the Sacramento region. With your help, we can do it. Since 1982, we have been building partnerships and empowering communities to envision the best places to live and invest in their urban forest. We do this by educating, advocating and lending support for tree plantings.

CAL FIRE: The mission of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Urban Forestry Program is to develop a regional and statewide cooperative effort to advance the development of sustainable urban and community forests. The Urban Forestry Program offers grants of over $1 million dollars a year to plant trees and over $2.5 million for related projects in urban communities throughout California. Seven Urban Forestry Field Specialists provide expert support to communities, non-profit groups and other municipal governments to create and maintain sustainable urban forests.

Special thanks to CAL FIRE for their support in the development of GreenprintMaps.

Urban Ecos: As the project lead for the first Urban Forest Map and now for GreenprintMaps, Urban Ecos is proud to bring our experience in urban forestry and technology development to the project, working to improve information sharing, communicate the value of the urban forest, and engage communities in creating greener, more liveable urban environments.

Azavea is an award-winning geospatial analysis (GIS) software development firm specializing in the creation of location-based web and mobile solutions, as well as geospatial analysis services to enhance decision making. Azavea is committed to working on projects with a strong social value component in order to promote the emergence of more dynamic, vibrant, and sustainable communities. Each of Azavea’s projects, products and pro bono engagements showcases this commitment. Azavea is a certified B Corporation.

Your turn

Our database of trees comes from public records and citizen foresters like you. Add a tree today and help us grow!

Get Started

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Find a tree: Search for the trees near you. Find trees that bear edible fruits and nuts or those with beautiful flowers. Search for the biggest trees in your neighborhood -- then go visit them! Go »

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Add a tree: The Greenprint Maps grow as citizen foresters like you add trees. Show a tree's location by putting a dot on the map, then provide as much information as you can. Go »

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Edit a tree: Check out the facts about the trees around you and update when you can. Don't forget to add alerts! With your help, we'll track changes in the urban forest and watch it grow. Go »