Conversation with John Melvin

Current Position: State Urban Forester, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf?

Regional Urban Forester– 2002-06 (so, CA), 2006-09 (N CA), providing network technical support State Urban Forester – 2009 -to present, working with ReLeaf on statewide issues, managing the expectations of USFS volunteer contract.

What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you?

California ReLeaf serves as a successful way to disseminate pertinent information on Urban Forestry through the local nonprofit organizations. ReLeaf works with stakeholders on statewide issues. And, ReLeaf, participates in state grant programs and allows small grants to become possible.

Best memory or event of California ReLeaf?

The evolution of California Arbor Week is one of my favorite successes of California ReLeaf. California Arbor Week has become a successful way to get the word out about urban forestry. Also, California ReLeaf has had positive impact in the State with its advocacy work, Prop 84 in particular.

Why is it important that California ReLeaf continue its Mission?

As long as there exist places in state that need an urban forest nonprofit presence, the work of California ReLeaf is still necessary. Funding sources – through ReLeaf’s advocacy work they can hopefully keep urban forestry funded.