1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. A Conversation with Gail Church

    Current Position:Executive Director, Tree Musketeers What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1991 – present, Network group. I was on a steering committee for a National urban forest conference when I met Geni Cross and she recruited us to join the ReLeaf network. I was on the Network Advisory Council when this work dovetailed with ReLeaf’s separation from the Trust for Public Lands. I was on the committee that negotiated the move to National Tree Trust and then on to incorporating ReLeaf as a stand-alone nonprofit organization where I was a founding board member. I am still on the ReLeaf board...
  8. Conversation with Rick Hawley

    Current Position: Executive Director, Greenspace – the Cambria Land Trust What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Network group – 1996, year before Cambria retreat. Advisory council – I was involved during the transition when advocacy became part of the Network and was one of the architects in getting ReLeaf positioned for nonprofit incorporation. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? To me ReLeaf means that there are a lot more people out there who think about trees – it’s not just me. It’s California’s tree support network – the folks we rely on. Because of ReLeaf we know that there...
  9. Conversation with Stephanie Funk

    Current Position Fitness Instructor for Seniors What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Staff, 1991 to 2000 – started as a temp, Program Assistant, Assistant Director PT Grant writing for TPL/Editor newsletter 2001 – 2004 PT National Tree Trust/ReLeaf team – 2004-2006 What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? Working at ReLeaf was my first real job out of college. On a personal level, this job really shaped how I currently views environmental issues. I learned about environmental awareness and about people and the world. I often felt somewhat removed from the great work of the network. The ReLeaf staff would...
  10. Interview with Brian Kempf

    Current Position? Director, Urban Tree Foundation What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1996 – Marketing the Reddy Stake to the Network 1999 started Urban Tree Foundation in Albany area with Tony Wolcott (Albany) 2000ish to present – Network member 2000 – moved Urban Tree Foundation to Visalia. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? ReLeaf is able to provide different benefits to a diverse collection of nonprofits. Each nonprofit has their own specific set of skills and needs. For me and the Urban Tree Foundation, California ReLeaf’s primary benefit is the lobbying they accomplish. They are paying attention at the...