1. Urban Forest Resource Roundup: Network New Year Highlights & January Learning Opportunities

    California Arbor Week is on its Way! Our poster & video contests for elementary and middle school students are now open! We’ve also published all-new lesson plans and activities for grades 3-8. Learn more here and stay tuned for more details.   Network Member Highlights A gratitude report from our friends at Canopy Some solid 2016 accomplishments at CSET Recent awards for Tree San Diego Awesome partnerships going on at Urban ReLeaf Starting off the year right with LA Conservation Corps Big changes at Common Vision! Meet us at Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Greenprint Summit Did we miss anything? Tell us...
  2. Urban Forest Resource Roundup: Trees in the News & November Learning Opportunities

    Use AmazonSmile to Support Your City’s Trees While You Shop This Season Help us keep speaking for trees at California’s Capitol! When you shop online this holiday season, use California ReLeaf’s AmazonSmile portal — it’s a little way to make a big difference for California’s trees & communities. Trees in the News Urban trees & public health in The Smithsonian Urban forests author interview in National Geographic City trees saving lives in The Washington Post California trees & drought on NPR Trees & air quality on CityLab USFS and Davey Institute’s Sustainable Urban Forest Guide The FAO’s Guidelines on Urban...
  3. Official Press Release: Urban Forestry Project Awards Announced

    URBAN FORESTRY PROJECT AWARDS ANNOUNCED THAT REDUCE GHGs   Sacramento, CA – California ReLeaf has announced that nine community groups across the state will receive $385,000 in funding for tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Program. Individual grants range from $18,500 to $70,000. The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting projects that will reduce greenhouse gasses (GHGs) and enhance urban forests in severely under resourced communities throughout the state. Each project also contains a significant education component that will engage community members and students and on how trees are critical...
  4. Official Press Release: Spanish-language Tree Care Videos Available!

    Click here for Save Our Water in Spanish! Save Our Water, the U.S. Forest Service, and California ReLeaf have partnered to create two Spanish-language videos that demonstrate how to best care for trees during California’s drought. Proper tree care and water conservation remain important even as California moves into a potentially wet winter due to El Niño conditions. The launch of these videos comes as the state moves forward with the California Climate Investments – projects funded by CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry program which will plant and care for trees in many Latino communities. As California’s environmentally conscientious...
  5. 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 a lot of help; it’s one of the worst blocks in the city in terms of blight and illegal dumping. And as you might expect, its tree canopy is minimal. We wanted to have our MLK DOS event, which we’ve been doing for the past seven years, here, because this...
  6. What a Difference a Year Makes!

    By Jim Clark Welcome 2015! On New Year’s Eve, I took a break from my near constant holiday partying to reflect on California ReLeaf’s year. We started 2014 with the resignation of Joe Liszewski, our executive director. And we knew that long-time manager of budgets and finance, Kathleen Farren, would be leaving in July. That’s 50% staff turnover! We were fortunate to have Amelia Oliver step-up and in as interim Executive Director while we searched for a new one. And of course, the search took longer than we planned. But the result was awesome and Cindy Blain joined California ReLeaf...
  7. Teaming Up for Trees

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has outlined tips for working with professional sports teams on urban forestry projects. They have successfully partnered with the Green Bay Packers (football) and Milwaukee Brewers (baseball) teams to get trees in the ground as well as a lot of wonderful press and associated public awareness. More information and their playbook can be downloaded here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/playbook.html
  8. TreePeople Is Hiring

    TreePeople, a California ReLeaf Network member, is hiring! JOB TITLE: Tree Care Manager REPORTS TO: Forestry Projects Senior Manager SUMMARY: TreePeople’s Forestry Programs inspire, train, and support the residents of the greater Los Angeles area as they implement community-based tree planting and tree care projects where they live, learn, work or play, thereby achieving the Forestry Department goal of 25% canopy coverage. The Tree Care Manager is responsible for the ongoing care and tracking of TreePeople’s urban tree plantings, working with TreePeople’s Forestry Managers and future Tree Care Coordinator team to support Citizen Forestry leaders and other TreePeople volunteers in...
  9. A Brilliant Blend of Ideas

    an interview with Rick Mathews Founder and President, Madrone Landscapes, Inc. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1993 Network member with the Atascadero Native Tree Association Advisory Committee 1997 – It was after Occidental College Retreat I applied but didn’t get voted on right away. I stayed on into incorporation. Founding Board member 2003 – 2009, I was the first President of the board. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? ReLeaf is a magic combination of visions; a brilliant blend of ideas. The Network is an important partner in the cultural preservation of California society. The Mission has an...
  10. Unintended Consequences

    an interview with Genevieve Cross Business Consultant/Entrepreneur  I work with a diverse group of businesses and non-profit organizations. An example is a current partner that builds solar projects, mostly in island settings, to reduce the cost of electricity in markets where power rates are unusually high due to lack of competition. Another current partner is a company that manufactures garden products, including back-yard chicken coops, from reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood. My work is dedicated to furthering my understanding of where the leverage points are to make meaningful change in the world. What is/was you relationship to ReLeaf? California ReLeaf staff,...