What’s new at ReLeaf, and an archive of our grants, press, events, resources and more
Smartphone Users Can Report Sudden Oak Death
Jan 7, 2011 | Advocacy, Resources
California’s majestic oak trees have been felled by the hundreds of thousands by a disease first reported in 1995 and dubbed “sudden oak death.” To get a broader perspective on the disease, UC Berkeley scientists have developed a smartphone app for hikers and other...
Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests Task Force
Jan 3, 2011 | Advocacy, Resources, Updates
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are seeking nominations from the nation’s urban forestry and natural resource leaders to become part of the task force, Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A...
Emission Trading Program Cleared
Dec 29, 2010 | Advocacy
On December 16, the California Air Resources Board endorsed the state's cap-and-trade regulation under the state's greenhouse gas reduction law, AB32. The cap-and-trade regulation, along with several complementary measures, will drive the development of green jobs and...
California ReLeaf in the News
Dec 16, 2010 | Network, Press, Updates
California ReLeaf was recently featured in an article about Ojai Trees, one of our ReLeaf Network members, in the Santa Barbara Independent. To read the full article, visit here.
Google Earth Adds 3D Trees to Street Views
Dec 15, 2010 | Resources, Updates
The new Google Earth software introduces two major new features: the integration of Street View, Google’s photos of streets and locations, and millions of 3-D trees. To read more and see a video sample, visit the New York Times' blog.
U.S. Chamber Calls for Nominations
Dec 14, 2010 | Updates
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) opened the nomination period for its 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards today. Now in its fourth year, the program recognizes local governments, chambers of commerce, and other organizations...
Tree Foundation of Kern’s Citizen Forester Program
Dec 10, 2010 | Network, Resources, Updates
Melissa Iger and Ron Combs of the Tree Foundation of Kern have worked to design a program outline for teaching Citizen Foresters to help volunteers at plantings as well as homeowners, tree workers or anyone who is interested in trees. For years, they have held Citizen...
Arbor Week Poster Contest
Dec 9, 2010 | Network, Resources, Updates
California ReLeaf announced the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in 3rd-5th grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011. In...
Manteca Highway Gets Facelift
Dec 7, 2010 | Updates
Within a year, the Highway 120 Bypass and Highway 99 corridor through Manteca will benefit from 7,100 new trees. And the transformation can be credited to some quick maneuvering by municipal staff and San Joaquin Council of Government bureaucrats to take advantage of...
UC Irvine Earns Tree Campus USA Designation
Dec 6, 2010 | Resources
UC Irvine was built centered on Aldrich Park instead of the traditional college quad. Today, the university boasts more than 24,000 trees on campus - a quarter of them inside Aldrich Park alone. These trees have helped UC Irvine join other California universities UC...
Finding New Ways to Get Kids Interested in Trees
Nov 4, 2010 | Resources
In October, the Benicia Tree Foundation tried something new. They gave away an iPad to get area youth interested in their urban forest. Students in 5th through 12th grade were challenged to correctly identify the most trees species within the City of Benicia....
What’s an Urban Tree Worth?
Nov 3, 2010 | Resources, Updates
In September, the Pacific Northwest Research Station released its report "Calculating the Green in Green: What's an Urban Tree Worth?". Research was completed in Sacramento, CA and Portland, OR. Geoffrey Donovan, research forester with the PNW Research Station,...
Palm Tree Killing Bug Found in Laguna Beach
Oct 29, 2010 | Resources
A pest, which the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) considers to be "the world’s worst pest of palm trees," has been found in the Laguna Beach area, state officials announced on October 18. They said this is the first-ever detection of the red...
Tree Leaves Fight Pollution
Oct 28, 2010 | Resources
The tree planting organizations in the ReLeaf Network keep reminding the public that we need to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases. But plants are already doing their part. Research published online earlier this month in Science shows that deciduous tree leaves,...
Tree Lodi Helps Green Park
Oct 27, 2010 | Network
Tree Lodi is in the middle of its campaign to raise money and supplies to plant 200 trees in DeBenedetti Park in Lodi. It is sending out envelopes asking people to donate money or gardening supplies, like gloves, fertilizer pellets, first aid kits, wheelbarrows, post...