1. Job announcement from Los Angeles Beautification Team

    From Los Angeles Beautification Team: LABT is a community-based nonprofit who plants and cares for trees across many communities. We are seeking a tree planter. Experienced Tree Planter with general arboriculture knowledge Valid CA Driver’s License with good driving record. Must be able to handle all aspects of tree planting, including preparation, lifting 15 gallon tree and completing tree planning according to Industry standard. Job includes maintaining trucks and watering trees. Good communication skills are a must. Potentially supervise others including volunteers. Rate of pay will commiserate based on experience and skill set. Full and part hours available For more...
  2. 2020 Retreat: Online Meditation Resources

    Resources Recommended by Nikki Insight Meditation Center website Happy Hour, practicing Loving-Kindness meditation, Wednesdays 6-7pm. Every weeknight through May 31st, online on Zoom Free talks and guided meditations on www.AudioDharma.org or on AudioDharma App Note that you can search for talks by different teachers in the dropdown box. In addition to Nikki, Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella do great dharma talks and guided meditations…but plenty of others to check out. Apple Store or Google Store Six week self paced introduction to Mindfulness Meditation See calendar for more online Zoom and YouTube meditations Nikki’s website Some Other Meditation Center Resources: Dharma...
  3. Congratulations to our Arbor Week Poster Contest Winners!

    Big congrats to this year’s Arbor Week Poster Contest winners. Their work represented this year’s theme “Trees Create Cool Communities” with lots of great imagination and information, and we are excited to share them with you. The posters, which were debuted at today’s press conference, will be hung at the California State Capitol for many to enjoy and learn from. Thank you to ALL who submitted, we loved getting to see your hard work and creativity! Big thanks to our Poster Contest sponsors Cal FIRE, US Forest Service, Northrop Grumman, and Edison International. Imagination Award Winner Jenna Morgan Bear River...
  4. California Arbor Week Grants

    Arbor Week Cycle 1 – Sponsored by Edison International California ReLeaf is pleased to announce $40,000 in funding for 2020 California Arbor Week to celebrate the value of trees for all Californians. This program is brought to you thanks to the partnership of Edison International, with support from the USDA Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Awards will range from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications are due Monday, February 17, 2020. To be eligible, projects must be located within the Edison International service area. Click here to see Edison service area in California. For more information...
  5. Article: Fewer trees, more asthma. How Sacramento can improve its canopy and public health

    We often plant trees as a symbolic gesture. We plant them on Earth Day in honor of clean air and sustainability. We also plant trees to commemorate people and events. But trees do more than provide shade and improve landscapes. They are also critical to public health. In Sacramento, which the American Lung Association named fifth worst U.S. city for air quality and where temperatures increasingly reach triple-digit highs, we must take the importance of trees seriously. An investigation by Sacramento Bee reporter Michael Finch II reveals a vast inequality in Sacramento. Wealthier neighborhoods have a lush canopy of trees...
  6. Social Equity Grant Program: Request for Proposals

    The 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2017-18 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. This is the third and final cycle of grants released by California ReLeaf. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses. While there is a focus on supporting projects located in disadvantaged and low-income communities, 65% of the funds will be open to state-wide competition in all communities. Emphasis will be placed on shovel-ready projects. 2019...
  7. Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Irvine

    Panel Talk on Green Gentrification California ReLeaf Executive Director Cindy Blain facilitated a panel about Green Gentrification at this year’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference. You can access the audio of the presentations as well as a PDF of slides below. Thank you to our speakers for a great session! 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 the presentation materials: Green Gentrification Audio Part 1 Green Gentrification Audio Part 2 Green Gentrification PDF...
  8. Rotary International to partner with ReLeaf Network Members

    Rotary Club President Ian Riseley has set a challenge for 2017-18 to help support the environment by planting 1 tree per Rotary Club member by Earth Day 2018. This is a great legacy the Rotary Club can leave to show future generations their support for years to come. California ReLeaf is supporting the Rotary Club in their efforts by providing various District Clubs with information about trees — from tree planting to watering and maintenance. In addition, Rotary Club chapters can work with ReLeaf’s Network of almost 100 organizations throughout the state to plant trees in your local community and...
  9. It’s All About The Trees!

    California’s urban forestry community came together in Los Angeles in August to celebrate The Power of Trees. Participants also gave a shout out to supporting Climate Investment Funds for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Check out the YouTube video here.
  10. Get your Tree Care Cue Cards!

    The Urban Tree Foundation has produced a series of “cue cards” with basic information related to various aspects of tree care, including: Tree Planting Tree Quality Tree Training (Pruning) Root Management Structural Pruning Restoring Topped Trees Pruning at Planting These cue cards are also available in Spanish: Plantación de Árboles (Tree Planting) Calidad del Árbol (Tree Quality) Entrenamiento del Árbol (Tree Pruning) Cuidado de las Raíces (Root Management) Restaurando Árboles Desmochados (Restoring Topped Trees) Poda Estructural (Structural Pruning) Podando al Momento De Sembrar (Prunting at Planting) You are welcome to print these cards for your own use. Each of these...