A Brilliant Blend of Ideas

Rick Mathewsan interview with

Rick Mathews

Founder and President, Madrone Landscapes, Inc.


What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf?

1993 Network member with the Atascadero Native Tree Association

Advisory Committee 1997 – It was after Occidental College Retreat I applied but didn’t get voted on right away. I stayed on into incorporation.

Founding Board member 2003 – 2009, I was the first President of the board.

What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you?

ReLeaf is a magic combination of visions; a brilliant blend of ideas.

The Network is an important partner in the cultural preservation of California society. The Mission has an environmental emphasis but also includes promoting community in a very effective way. While other forces undermine growth of community, ReLeaf effectively builds cultural opportunities for people.

Best memory or event of California ReLeaf?

Definitely the first statewide meetings. Here I had exposure to the power of the network and the idea that small UF groups can gain so much expertise and inspiration for each other and larger groups. Scott Wilson in particular. I was able to meet those who live their lives within the principles of ReLeaf. Fun. We celebrated our passion for earth and community. Energy!

Why is it important that California ReLeaf continue its Mission?

On a macro level there is the global perspective that what we do is significant against climate change and that we are helping California to step in the right direction. Gradually we chip away and each of our successes adds up. ReLeaf empowers citizens to do something to affect that change and to take positive action.

ReLeaf is the forum and conduit to Andy Lipkis’s ‘Simple Act of Planting a Tree’ Legacy.

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