Newsletter Winter 2011
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Threats to California’s Urban Forests: Protecting Community Green Infrastructure
by Julie Lydick
Urban forests are part of our communities’ infrastructure just as the streets, water and utility lines are. This infrastructure is biological and that adds another dimension to its management. Besides the regular vulnerabilities that trees in an urban setting face such as compacted soil, poor pruning or irrigation practices and mechanical damage, they are vulnerable to alien-invasive insects and diseases.
Network Profile: CSET
Visalia’s Self-Help Training and Employment Center was almost ten years old when it took on its role as Tulare County’s community action agency in the 1980s. Shortly thereafter, the Tulare County Conservation Corps was started as a program of the organization to serve young people who wanted to continue their education and acquire important job skills. Forty years later, the retitled Community Services and Employment Training (CSET), and its renamed Sequoia Community Corps (SCC) is ramping up their mission of strengthening youth, families, and the surrounding region through a host of social services that include urban forestry.
State Legislative Update
Budget Bill Delivers on Urban Forestry Resources
California Shines: Tree Gifts to the Nation & Your Community
By Emily Bartnikowski
Every fall since 1923, well before trees are trucked into lots and lights are strung on houses, the U.S. Forest Service selects and ships the tree that will grace the U.S. Capitol. Along with it, 100 “companion trees” are installed around Washington D.C. on what is known as the “Pathway to Peace.” This is an American tradition – since 1954, the annual Lighting of the Tree has been part of a month-long celebration known as the “Pageant of Peace.”
ReLeaf Network Corner
ARRA Projects Enter Final Months Boasting Big Results
Federal funding provided to California ReLeaf through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in late 2009 continues to spur significant job growth and retention within California’s urban forestry community even as the $6 million sub-grant program winds down.
Federal Road to Urban & Community Forestry Funding Complicated in 2011
America’s chronic economic downturn has done little to streamline the budget process in Washington DC as Congress works to present President Obama with a spending plan for the next fiscal year that reduces the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.