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. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. First World Forum on Urban Forests

    On November 28 to December 1, 2018, the United Nations and partners in Mantova, Italy will host the first World Forum on Urban Forests (UF). This first world forum will bring together cross-sector individuals, such as national and local government, non-governmental organizations, scientists, arborists, urban planners, and architects to have a discussion and learn from one another about urban forests. This is a great opportunity for international networking and exchange expertise. There is still a lot California can learn from other countries. For instance, how we can transform our cities to become more livable and healthier, and there is a...
  8. Re-Oaking California

    Re-oaking your community: 3 ways to bring oaks back to California cities by Erica Spotswood Could restoring native oak trees to cities create a beautiful, functional, and climate-adapted urban forest for our children? In the newly released report “Re-oaking Silicon Valley: Building Vibrant Cities with Nature”, the San Francisco Estuary Institute explores this question. Funded by Google’s Ecology Program, the project is a part of Resilient Silicon Valley, an initiative  developing a scientific foundation to guide investments in regional ecosystem health and resilience. Native oaks can be excellent choices for streets, backyards, and other landscaping. Requiring little water after establishment,...
  9. Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists

    Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists – with the work of Joanna Macy Based on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s books, “The Spiral of the Work that Reconnects” and “Coming back to Life,” Adélàjà Simon and Jen Scott facilitated a session of empowering dyad exercises to help Network members reconnect to their urban forest mission and their own personal sense of empowerment. We broke into groups of two (“dyads”) to talk about the challenges we have been encountering in our line of work. Per Joanna Macy’s model, Adélàjà and Jen provided Open Sentences about urban forest community work and climate change for attendees...
  10. ReLeaf Network Retreat 2017: Overview

    Hi everyone! Thank you very much for coming to the ReLeaf Network Retreat and doing the hokey-pokey with us – putting your whole selves in and listening intentionally to become visionaries and even better catalysts for change while supporting communities through trees, tree care jobs, and more funding for greener, healthier neighborhoods. Click here to view retreat agenda and below are some photos for your enjoyment! Also, see post below about the exercise we did during the retreat from Jen Scott and Adélàjà Simon on Supporting Ourselves As Community Activist. Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists   Based on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s...