1. MLK Day of Service: An Opportunity for Environmental Justice

    By Kevin Jefferson and Eric Arnold, Urban Releaf On this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK DOS), we helped Urban Releaf plant trees on G Street in East Oakland. This is where we’ve been doing a lot of work the past few months. The area needs...
  2. Webinar Resources: Tools for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Trees

    October 20, 2014 Presented by Kelaine Ravdin, Urban Ecos Sponsored by: Urban Ecos, CAUFC, California ReLeaf, and CAL FIRE   The new round of CAL FIRE urban forestry grants requires applicants to estimate the greenhouse gas effects of the proposed projects. Currently, the policy in this field has outpaced the...
  3. 25 Reasons to Love Urban Trees

    Trees drastically reduce the need for air conditioning. Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50%. Trees attract customers. Shoppers spend up 12% more in shopping centers with trees and will shop longer and return more frequently. Trees can reduce annual storm water runoff by 2% —...
  4. USFS Webinar: Urban Forests for Human Health & Wellness

    Urban Forests for Human Health and Wellness Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET   People have described the healing power of nature for centuries. This webinar will present current research and best practices showing how outdoor spaces support public health and wellness. Such information can help nature...
  5. Urban Forestry Makes History

    By Chuck Mills   On June 15, 2014, the Legislature passed a state budget bill that includes $17.8 million for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program.  Governor Brown is expected to sign this deal.   To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest single-state annual appropriation...
  6. Silence Isn’t Golden

    Over the next month, community groups and ReLeaf Network members across California have an opportunity to comment on two important issues. They are the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM); and the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Urban Forest Project Protocols. To date, these efforts...
  7. National Walking Day

    Today, take a break from your normal routine and take a walk.   The American Heart Association celebrates National Walking Day every year on the first Wednesday in April. The holiday was created to increase the amount of activity people get and, in turn, their heart health. Healthy urban forests...
  8. 2014 California Arbor Week Winning Posters

    We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2014 California Arbor Week Poster Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners!   And thanks to all of our Poster Contest sponsors: CAL FIRE, Union Bank, and the California Community Forest Foundation.   3rd Grade Winner Carolyn Lum,...
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