1. A Network of Compadres

    an interview with Ellen Bailey Retired, worked most recently as a Gang Prevention Specialist What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Initially, Jane Bender and I met in a volunteer group called Beyond War in Sonoma County that worked toward peace and conflict resolution. After the Berlin Wall fell, Beyond War shut down and Jane and I became aware of the growing concern about global warming. We learned that trees were a tool to reach people and they helped with healing, taught commitment, and improved communities. This led us to working with Friends of the Urban Forest and eventually we created...
  2. Resonating Solidarity

    an interview with Ray Tretheway Executive Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? The Sacramento Tree Foundation was one of the original ten founding network groups when Isabel Wade started the alliance through Trust for Public Lands (TPL).   I served on the original Advisory Committee after the group was aligned with TPL – which lead the intense strategic planning session and formed the path for California ReLeaf.   What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf resonates solidarity for the ReLeaf Network groups. It provides legitimacy and voice for local nonprofits! It is a beneficial...
  3. The Positive Impact of the Magnitude

    Over the past 25 years, California ReLeaf has been assisted, led, and championed by many incredible people. At the beginning of 2014, Amelia Oliver interviewed many of those people who made the most impact during California ReLeaf’s early years. Andy Lipkis Founder and President, TreePeople TreePeople started their work in 1970 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1973. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? My relationship with California ReLeaf started when I met Isabel Wade in 1970. Isabel was interested in community-based urban forestry and she and I started pulling stuff together. We attended the 1978 National Urban Forest Conference...
  4. City of San Diego Hiring

    The City of San Diego has two vacancies in urban forestry – one for Horticulturalist to implement tree maintenance programs and one for City Forester to develop and lead city-wide urban forestry programs. Horticulturalist Deadline October 8, 2014   DUTIES Plan, coordinate and implement urban forestry, or tree maintenance programs; administer and inspect the work of private contractors; make inspections of public right of way tree conditions to determine work priorities; provide technical horticultural expertise to subordinates, supervisors and other City departments; evaluate and rate the work of subordinates and contractors; and perform other duties as assigned.   EDUCATION: Bachelor’s...
  5. 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% — 7%. Trees reduce noise pollution by absorbing sounds. Urban forests support 60,000 California jobs annually. Trees encourage walking and cycling, which decreases car use and vehicular emissions, and helps keep people physically fit. Trees clean the air we breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides and other air pollutants. Trees...
  6. California ReLeaf Welcomes Cindy Blain as New Executive Director

    Sacramento, Calif. – The California ReLeaf Board of Directors is proud to welcome Cindy Blain as the new executive director. Ms. Blain will lead the organization in its efforts to empower grassroots organizations and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. She brings a wealth of expertise to California ReLeaf with over eight years of experience in environmental and urban forest nonprofits and a decade in marketing and operations.   “The staff and Board are very pleased to welcome Cindy” said Jim Clark, Chair of the California ReLeaf Board. “We look forward to working...
  7. 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 human health and wellness. Such information can help nature planners and managers engage their community leaders in greening programs, and encourage municipal investments in nearby nature settings to improve human health and well-being. Kathleen Wolf will introduce the latest discourse on human habitat and health, and review health findings that may be of economic value in communities. Teresia Hazen will...
  8. Creative Fundraising Ideas for Network Groups

    Nonprofit organizations need diverse sources of funding to support ongoing operations and programs. Today, there are many ways to engage your organization’s supporters. These programs are all free and require only a minimal amount of initial work to sign up to participate. The success of these programs will then depend on your ability to get the word out to your donors and supporters. We encourage you to check out these programs to see if they are a good fit for your organization. Goodsearch.com is an internet search engine that benefits nonprofit organizations all over the country. Sign up to let...
  9. Oregon State University Offers Online Urban Forestry

    Oregon State University is giving natural resource professionals an innovative and flexible way to advance their careers by offering the nation’s first online graduate certificate in urban forestry.  The certificate combines OSU’s expertise in forestry with its reputation as a national leader in online education to provide students with an interactive learning environment that better equips them to manage trees in and around urban areas.   “There isn’t another opportunity like this in the U.S. where a working professional can earn graduate-level education in urban forestry online and still retain their job, raise a family or remain at their home...