1. Tell Us What You Think & Join Our Learn Over Lunch

    Please Complete Network Surveys These surveys are critical to helping us understand the needs of the Network, develop our programming, share our collective impact, and direct funding and awareness to community groups and nonprofits. Thank you for taking a few minutes to fill out the surveys. Tree Planting & Care Data: We’re looking for the number of trees you planted and cared for, volunteer information, and outreach workshops your organization had this past fiscal year – July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Once you have your annual numbers ready, it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Only...
  2. Addressing Racial and Environmental Injustice

    The brutal and unsettling images that have captured headlines and sparked outrage in populations around the globe this month force us to recognize that, as a nation, we are still failing to guarantee everyone the basic human rights and equality of Dr. King’s Dream and promised in the U.S. Constitution. In fact, it’s a tragic reminder our nation has never guaranteed everyone these basic human rights and equality. California ReLeaf works closely with grassroots and social justice organizations in many marginalized neighborhoods to build stronger, greener, and healthier communities through trees. Seeing the incredible work these partners are doing and...
  3. Virtual ReLeaf Network Retreat

    Thank you, everyone, who attended our Virtual Network Retreat. We hope you had a great time and learned a lot. We loved getting to see your faces and connect with everyone who attended during the breakout sessions. Check out the videos below if you want to watch recordings or were not be able to participate in the Retreat. Please read about our speakers, Retreat agenda, and sponsors in the Retreat Packet. We also want to thank our sponsors CAL FIRE, the US Forest Service, and Edison International. Virtual Tree Climbing Experience Keynote Address: The Power of Story with Katie McCleary...
  4. Urban Forestry Victories in the FY 2019 – 20 State Budget

    California ReLeaf and its long list of policy partners emerged from the 2019 budget debate with a few wins for the urban forestry community, along with several lessons learned that will help inform our efforts moving forward. Please take a few minutes to celebrate these hard-won victories. The FY 2019-20 State Budget signed by Governor Newsom contains nearly $50 million for urban forestry and urban greening, and another $100 million for flood control and environmental mitigation that includes urban forestry as eligible project components. CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is planting more than 100,000 trees across California with...
  5. LA Network Retreat

    2019 Network Retreat at the Cal Endow This year the California ReLeaf Network Retreat was in Downtown Los Angeles at the California Endowment on May 31, 2019. We talk about various issues such as what data you should be collecting about trees, how to connect with urban planners, and community building in disadvantaged communities. Get to know our speakers, sponsors and attendees outlined in the Retreat Packet and the updated agenda. If you did not attend the Retreat and want to check out what we talked about or if you just want a refresher, watch the videos below. Network: Round...
  6. Funding for FY 2019-20 State Budget

    Urban forestry, urban greening, and other natural resources investments gained ground yesterday in the ongoing discussion of project priorities within the next Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Expenditure Plan. In the Assembly Budget Subcommittee for Resources, multiple members pushed back against the Administration’s assertions that urban greening investments would be covered under the Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). Subcommittee Chair Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) quickly observed that urban greening and TCC are very different programs, while simultaneously clarifying that urban forestry and wetlands were left out of the Governor’s Budget. California ReLeaf representative Alfredo Arredondo offered further distinctions between TCC and...
  7. 2018 Partners & Community Forestry Conference

    Panel Talk on Green Gentrification at the 2018 Partners & Community Forestry Conference in Irvine Facilitator: Cindy Blain, Executive Director, California ReLeaf, Sacramento Speakers: Winifred Curran, Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. of Geography, DePaul University, Chicago Enrique Huerta, Community Organizer, From Lot to Spot, Los Angeles Emi Wang, Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute, Oakland Download and listen to audio presentation: Green Gentrification Audio Part 1 Green Gentrification Audio Part 2 Green Gentrification PDF Presentation Enrique Huerta, Winifred Curran, and Emi Wang (speakers). Rose Epperson
  8. 1st World Forum on Urban Forests

    California Urban Forests PDF Presentation WFUF 2018 Conference Program Haydi Danielson, California ReLeaf Board Member, talking about equity. Cindy Blain, of California ReLeaf, discussing urban forest supporter in Sacramento by Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and Eduardo Garcia. Cindy, giving a shout-out to our nontraditional partners involved in advocating for urban forestry funding and policy.
  9. Global Climate Action Summit

    Urban Forests for Climate Solutions Affiliated Event On September 11th California ReLeaf along with a coalition of urban forest organizations hosted the Urban Forests for Climate Solutions Affiliated Event as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. Senator Scott Wiener from San Francisco and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia from the Coachella Valley spoke about the importance of investing in our urban forests and how urban trees help us fight climate change. In addition, several urban forests and climate change experts shared their insights about research, policy, funding, innovative solutions, and resources. See the event’s agenda, presentation, and video below. Agenda PDF...
  10. Lobby Day and ReLeaf Network Retreat 2018

    May 2-3, 2018 Sacramento, California May 2nd will be a full day of lobbying. Time and Location: 8:30am – 7pm at the Downtown and Vine – 1200 K Street Suite 8, Sacramento, CA 95814 Lobby Day with your district representatives. Evening reception May 3rd will be the ReLeaf Network Retreat. Time and Location: 9am – 4pm at The California Endowment – 1414 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Recording from Network Retreat: Network: Lobby Day Experiences & Take-Aways Discussion Hosts: Liz Skrzat, City Plans & Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf Re-Oaking California Communities: Native Habitat & Carbon Storage Speaker: Erica Spotswood, San...