1. California ReLeaf Is Hiring

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT CALIFORNIA ReLEAF Executive Director   California ReLeaf, based in Sacramento, California, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. With a vibrant mission to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests, California ReLeaf is a statewide leader in promoting alliances among nonprofit and community-based groups, individuals, industries, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment. California ReLeaf is the State’s designated Volunteer Coordinator for urban forestry in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL...
  2. Our City Forest Seeks Deputy Director

    OUR CITY FOREST, Silicon Valley’s award-winning urban forestry nonprofit and a California ReLeaf Network member, is seeking an experienced professional to fill the newly created position of DEPUTY DIRECTOR. The position will oversee field-related operations carried out by 4 staff program managers and 25 full-time AmeriCorps service members. Programs and operations under the purview of the Deputy will include project development and contracting, planting and maintenance operations, tree evaluations/inventory programs, and the full-scale community tree nursery.     Our City Forest (OCF) performs valuable community services year-round on behalf of dozens of local agencies and at the request of thousands...
  3. NUCFAC Grant Recipients Announced

    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the 2014 USDA Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The grants provide funding that will help enhance urban forest stewardship, support new employment opportunities, and help build resilience in the face of a changing climate. Close to 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas and depends on the essential ecological, economic, and social benefits provided by urban trees and forests. Climate and extreme weather events pose threats to urban trees and forests requiring increased investment in management, restoration and stewardship.   “Our...
  4. Urban Forestry Makes History

    By Chuck Mills   On June 15, 2014, the Legislature passed a state budget bill that includes $17.8 million for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program.  Governor Brown is expected to sign this deal.   To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest single-state annual appropriation for urban forestry in US History.   More details will follow, but this much is certain: $15.7 million for projects and grants through the U&CF Program, with $2.1 million to support staffing and administration. Per the statutory requirements of Senate Bill 535, the majority of these funds will benefit disadvantaged...
  5. Arbor Week Photo Contest Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the 2014 California Arbor Week Photo Contest Winners! All of the submissions were wonderful, but these two stood out – one for its beauty, the other for its story. A big thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photographs this year. We hope to see more of your work during future California Arbor Week contests.   Trees in My Community Winner “My Girls in a Tree” by Janie Licosati, Rancho Santa Fe, CA   Janie says, “This is a huge Tipu tree on our street. This tree is the home away from home for my two girls....
  6. ED Travel Log: SF Bay Area

    During the last week of May, Acting Executive Director Amelia Oliver traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin planning an exciting event and to meet with current ReLeaf Network members. Here, she shares some of the details of her trip.                                                                              
  7. CAL FIRE Seeking CUFAC Nominations

    CAL FIRE is seeking nominations for members of the California Urban Forestry Advisory Committee (CUFAC). CUFAC is the CAL FIRE Director’s advisory committee on urban forestry matters. It is composed of 17 individuals. Nine positions are open for nominations. Please see the drop down list in the application form for what positions are available.   If you have any questions about qualifications, or duties of the positions, please review the CUFAC Charter document, and then contact the Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, John Melvin, at john.melvin@fire.ca.gov. The deadline is June 15.
  8. Tree Musketeers Search for Community Forester

    Tree Musketeers is a trendsetting, youth-led nonprofit located in El Segundo, California. Their mission is to empower young people to be environmental leaders.   The organization is currently seeking an individual with a unique combination of urban forestry experience and strong interpersonal qualities to serve as Community Forester. This person must be equally comfortable digging in the dirt, teaching classes or conducting business.   To view the full position description, click here. You can send your one-page resume and cover letter to jobs@treemusketeers.org.
  9. Silence Isn’t Golden

    Over the next month, community groups and ReLeaf Network members across California have an opportunity to comment on two important issues. They are the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM); and the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Urban Forest Project Protocols. To date, these efforts have been fairly non-profitable for urban forestry groups working daily to green our golden state, but with guidance from stakeholders they could prove to be beneficial.   In March, 2014, Governor Brown and the Legislature directed DWR to expedite the solicitation and award of $200 million in IRWM funding to...