California Trees Summer 2012
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The Future of Urban Forests in California’s Cap & Trade Market
by Jane Braxton Little
Wherever trees grow, they are quietly performing a miracle. By capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it as carbon in their branches, trunks and roots, trees are helping the planet adapt to climate change. From the vast forests that carpet northern Russia and the Amazon Basin to the foliage that shades city streets, trees are playing a vital role in stabilizing Earth’s climate.
Network Profile: CityTrees
by Emily Bartnikowski
“We started out ten years ago, and through thousands of volunteers and even more volunteer hours, CityTrees has grown into a tradition,” says Jack Stephens, co-founder and current secretary of CityTrees in Redwood City. CityTrees, while relying on “tight integration and support” from the city council and public works department, isn’t officially affiliated with Redwood City.
State Legislative Update
Cap and Trade Reigns; Water Bond Poors
California’s State Legislature has started working in earnest towards creating a suite of measures that would mandate how revenues generated from cap and trade offset credit auctions will be spent now and in the years to come.
Carbon Offsets & the Urban Forest
June 6, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cities Turn Public Tree Care Over to Residents
By Suzanne Hurt
Some cash-strapped California cities have turned street tree maintenance over to residents.
ReLeaf Network Corner
Polictics Likely to Stall Policy at Federal Level in 2012
As the 2012 Presidential election draws closer, the Republican-controlled House and Democrat-controlled Senate will likely be focused on priorities other than pressing legislative matters that have spilled over from 2011. Though a continuing resolution passed late last year will support the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, other important items are still on the table in Washington without any clear direction as to what may become of them in 2012.