About ReLeaf

Mission & Goals

California ReLeaf was founded in 1989 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2004. Our mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests.

California ReLeaf works statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees. California ReLeaf also serves as the State’s volunteer coordinator for urban forestry in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Our goals include:

  • Expanding delivery of services and resources to California ReLeaf Network groups.
  • Broadening funding opportunities for urban and community forestry projects.
  • Fostering involvement within the urban forestry movement throughout California’s diverse communities.
  • Improving legislative outreach and advocacy efforts on a state and federal level.
See our latest Annual Report here.


The 2017 California Arbor Week Celebration Program is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Pacific Gas & Electric.Their outstanding support provides $50,000 in pass-through funding for Arbor Week celebration and education events – the largest amount of pass-through funding ever for California Arbor Week!To learn more, read the joint California Arbor Week 2017 Press Release.   California ReLeaf’s ongoing programs are possible because of strong support from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the USDA Forest Service.

Rotary International Partnership

Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley has called on all 1.1 million Rotary International members to plant a tree by Earth Day 2018. California ReLeaf is very pleased to be working with Rotary District 5340 – the San Diego / Southern California region – to support the planting and care of 5,000 new trees in District 5340 by April 22, 2018!


Cindy Blain
Executive Director
(916) 497-0034
Amelia Oliver
Program Manager, Network & Operations
(916) 497-0036
Chuck Mills
Director, Public Policy & Grants (916) 497-0035

Board of Directors

Haydi Danielson
Board President Boething Treeland Farms Portola Valley, CA  
Catherine Martineau
Board Treasurer Canopy Palo Alto, CA  
Desirée Backman
Calif Dept of Health Care Services Sacramento, CA  
José Gonzalez
Board Secretary Latino Outdoors Sacramento, CA  
Ray Tretheway
Sacramento Tree Foundation Sacramento, CA
Cindy Montanez
TreePeople Los Angeles, CA

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