Our Tree Planting Efforts
Trees are a critical component of the City’s infrastructure that essentially pay for themselves: they increase property values, reduce water pollution, improve air quality, support a variety of wildlife, enhance people’s quality of life, and provide an aesthetically pleasing homage to Saratoga’s vibrant history. Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project focuses on education, advocacy and action on behalf of Saratoga’s urban forest.
Sustainable Saratoga prioritizes large-growing species of trees, since large shade trees provide far greater environmental and economic benefits than small ornamental ones. Some of the trees we have planted throughout the City include: hackberry, Kentucky yellowwood, gingko, basswood, disease-resistant American elm, and oak trees. Our efforts help the City to achieve its ‘large tree vision’ and recreate streetscapes with the kinds of large trees that have historically shaped the Saratoga experience.
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Tree Toga is our most visible effort to restore the urban forest. Since 2014, we have organized Tree Toga planting events each year, deploying large numbers of citizen volunteers to plant, water, and host the trees. Currently, we have added 225 trees to the urban forest over the last eight Tree Toga events.
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Centennial Trees is our multi-year effort (2015-2020) through which Sustainable Saratoga is mobilizing a broad web of public-private partnerships to accomplish two primary goals:
(1) to regain a “large tree vision” for Saratoga’s urban forest, meaning that large-growing trees are at the core of our planting vision; and
(2) while the Centennial Tree program is up an running, to plant a substantial and impactful cohort of large-growing trees in prominent, transformative locations around town, leaving a Centennial legacy for the kids and the grandkids