Urban Forestry Tree Tag Project

Have you seen our tree tags hanging from tree stakes around town? We are more than two-thirds of the way to our planting goal on the Community Canopy program – an effort to plant 1,000 trees with low-water needs and heat tolerance in partnership with the City of Davis. Collectively, these trees provide enormous benefits to our community - health, environmental, economic -  and we want to sing their praises! To highlight the vital importance of our community’s urban forest, Tree Davis and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden have teamed up to strategically install educational tree tags across the Davis landscape.

Acknowledging that the urban forest is contiguous across property boundaries and benefits home owners and students alike, the team selected trees that span Davis city limits and the UC Davis campus. These trees will be home to informational tags that invite passersby to engage in appreciation of the trees they encounter, learn about the benefits that the trees confer, deepen in their understanding of our region’s changing climate and come away with knowledge of the critical role that trees play in mitigating the intensifying impacts of climate change.

Using research and literature as the foundation for their messages, the tree tag team – including Tree Davis staff, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden staff, Learning by Leading™ student interns – seeks to make the essential, yet sometimes unseen, benefits of trees tangible to community members.

The tags placed on mature trees bring visibility to the existing benefits of Davis’ canopy in Nature Rx messages – which can be described as a prescription for spending time in nature in order to improve one’s physical and mental health. These include messages about the ways in which mature trees help clean the air, calm our minds, inspire us, soothe stress and boost our mood, prepare our minds for learning and help us heal.

Tree tags on young trees provide a future-oriented perspective, linking the public to contextual information about climate projections for Yolo County and the importance of transitioning our urban forest to a species palette that can help us all adapt to emerging climate conditions – ones that likely will include more intense heat and more frequent drought. These tree tags highlight the newest cohort of trees planted around town, focusing on “climate-ready” species that are part of Tree Davis’ Community Canopy program.

Partial funding for this project came from Congregation Bet Haverim and Genentech. We are very grateful to our partners and sponsors for making this work possible. To learn more about ways to get involved with nature in our urban landscape, visit our websites: and 

A map of the tags can be found here.

We hope to see you among the trees!

We Are Hiring

We’re hiring! Join the Tree Davis team and help make Yolo County a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Position Title: Urban Forestry Specialist
The Ideal Candidate: We are seeking a team member who is committed to educating the public about trees and working to green our urban landscape by planting and caring for young trees. Our work reduces pollution, reduces the urban heat island effect, brings neighbors together, increases property values, reduces crime, fosters community cooperation, and provides habitat for local wildlife. If you're interested in preparing Yolo County with a climate-resilient landscape for the future, consider joining our team! 
Job Description: Under general supervision, provide support in the areas of tree planting, tree care, natural resources management, outreach and education. Work as a leader and team member on a number of urban forestry and natural resources management projects in Yolo County focusing on mobilizing and educating volunteers.

See full Job Description and List of Duties here.

Interested in applying? Please contact with a cover letter and a resume.
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Upcoming Event Dates

We are back with another volunteer opportunity along the Covell Greenbelt.
Help us care for trees this Saturday, August 21 from 9 AM to 12 PM as we dig tree wells and mulch young trees to help them survive into maturity. Please park on Catalina Drive and meet on the grassy lawn next to 2901 Cataline Drive.

Sign up at:

As always, safety is our number one priority. Please wear a mask whenever you are within 6 feet of others. Wear close-toed shoes and bring plenty of water and sun protection. Also, due to COVID-19, we cannot supply gloves, so please make sure to bring your own pair. Smoke conditions are forecasted to clear by Saturday but we will provide an email update if that is not the case. We hope to see you there!
Join us for a very special community event on September 25th: The Great Tree Search Bike Tour!

In past years, Tree Davis asked residents to nominate Great Trees in Davis' yards and parks in one of four different categories: unusual size, species, form or history.  We received an impressive number of nominations and have created a map of these Great Trees

Now is your chance to join your neighbors in biking the Great Tree route and learning about the exceptional diversity and rich history of our most cherished urban trees. Mark your calendars for September 25th at 9 AM. Meeting location to be announced shortly.

Interested in joining us? Let us know:


Recap of Water Wise Davis + Tree Davis Greywater Showcase 2021

20:20 Don Shor, Tree Davis board member, Greywater in the Landscape
Cool Davis, our stellar partner in local environmental stewardship, spearheaded a Greywater Showcase on July 29th. With a warming climate and more frequent + intense droughts, water conservation and reuse is more important than ever - especially for our trees! Valued Board of Directors members, Don Shor and Larry Guenther, also contributed to the event.

In case you couldn’t make it, the YouTube video is now available for viewing! 

Greywater Showcase 2021 Part 1: Dawn Calciano and Don Shor 

Greywater Showcase 2021 Part 2: Leslie Crenna and giveaway

The presentations are also available: 

City of Davis Water Updates (Dawn Calciano)

Greywater in the Landscape (Don Shor)

Residential Greywater Basics (Leslie Crenna)

Thanks for a great event, Cool Davis partners!

Please donate to support our mission!

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Tree Davis
P.O. Box 72053
Davis, CA, 95617

Thank you for helping us plant trees and grow community!

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