1. A Crucial Component

    an interview with Sandra Macias Retired – Urban & Community Forestry Manager, USFS Pacific Southwest Region What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? From 1999 to 2014, I served as the liaison between California ReLeaf and the US Forest Service. During that time, I advocated for California ReLeaf at the Forest Service level in regards to federal funding and supported education efforts to ReLeaf and the entire Network. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf is a crucial component of a federally mandated State program that requires a support system for nonprofit and community grassroots efforts. It maintains and...
  2. Groundbreaking Partnership: Urban Corps is Now Providing Charter High School Services To CCC

    Urban Corps of San Diego County has partnered with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide charter high school services to members of the CCC’s San Diego Center in National City and the CCC satellite center in Vista. The groundbreaking partnership represents the first time the CCC has partnered with an independent local conservation corps to provide academic services. There are currently 47 CCC students enrolled in Urban Corps Charter School in both National City and Vista location. CCC Director David Muraki and Center Director Victor Avila have both praised the new partnership. “This is only week one but I...
  3. TreePeople Names New CEO

    Technology Entrepreneur Andy Vought named CEO will work alongside founder Andy Lipkis as TreePeople launches its ambitious new campaign to create a sustainable Los Angeles. Kim Freed named Chief Development Officer. NOVEMBER 10, 2014 – LOS ANGELES – TreePeople is pleased to announce that Andy Vought has joined the organization as CEO and will work alongside President and Founder Andy Lipkis as we roll out our emergency campaign to insure that Los Angeles builds the nature based green infrastructure we need to face a hotter, drier future. It was also announced that Kim Freed has joined as Chief Development Officer....
  4. From the Boston Globe: The City Is an Ecosystem

    The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all What scientists are finding when they treat the urban landscape as an evolving environment of its own By Courtney Humphries Boston Globe Correspondent November 07, 2014 Is a tree trying to survive in the city better off than a tree growing in the forest? The obvious answer would seem to be “no”: City trees face pollution, poor soil, and a root system disrupted by asphalt and pipes. But when ecologists at Boston University took core samples from trees around Eastern Massachusetts, they found a surprise: Boston street trees grow twice as fast...
  5. A Valid Response

    an interview with Jane Bender Retired from Santa Rosa City Council Chair of Habitat for Humanity, Sonoma County Incoming President, Climate Protection campaign, Sonoma County What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? In 1990, we completed the Plant the Trail project, which was so big it caught the eye of California ReLeaf. At that time we used Friends of the Urban Forest as our mentor and fiscal agent until around 1991 when we incorporated as a stand-alone nonprofit – Sonoma County ReLeaf. Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) and Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF) were very helpful to us. Once we became...
  6. Wilder and Woollier

    an interview with Nancy Hughes Executive Director, California Urban Forests Council What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I’ve been involved since the start in some capacity. Formerly, I represented People for Trees from San Diego, which began the same year as ReLeaf, 1989, and was a founding member. Around that time I served shortly on the Advisory Board. Then I worked for the City of San Diego’s Community Forest Advisory Board (2001-2006), which was also part of the Network. I served on the ReLeaf Board of Directors from 2005 – 2008.  Even now, with my work at CaUFC, we are...
  7. 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 development of tools to do exactly the kinds of calculations that are needed. In the meantime, a few tools do exist that can be tweaked to get the results we need. This webinar offered a tutorial to help you get started with the most important part–calculating the benefits of newly...
  8. 25th Anniversary Reunion Recap

    On October 11, 2014, a small, but enthusiastic crowd gathered in San Jose to celebrate California ReLeaf’s 25th Anniversary. The reunion brought together many of the organization’s supporters, including several past executive directors and founder Isabel Wade.   A special thank you goes to our hostess, Our City Forest Executive Director Rhonda Berry, for sharing her home and hospitality with all of us.  
  9. California ReLeaf Represents Advocacy

    an interview with Rhonda Berry Founding Director, Our City Forest What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I worked as staff for California ReLeaf from 1989 – 1991 in San Francisco. In 1991, I began work in San Jose to start an urban forest nonprofit. Our City Forest incorporated as a nonprofit in 1994. We are a founding Network member and I served a term on the ReLeaf advisory committee in the 1990’s. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? It was obvious to me from the beginning that urban forestry was an uphill battle of which there are several fronts:...
  10. Access to Advocacy

    an interview with Jim Geiger Life Coach and Owner, Summit Leader Coaching What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? At the time California ReLeaf was formed in 1989, I was the State’s Urban Forester working as Urban Forestry Program Manager for the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE). I worked at CAL FIRE until 2000. Then, I became the Director of Communication for the Center of Urban Forest Research until 2008. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? To me California ReLeaf means that communities have a much better chance of getting the type of service or dollars they need in their...