1. Voters value forests!

    A nationwide survey commissioned by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) was recently completed to assess key public perceptions and values related to forests.  The new results reveal a striking consensus among Americans: Voters strongly value the nation’s forests, especially as sources of clean air and water. Voters have an increased appreciation for the economic benefits provided by forests- such as good-paying jobs and essential products – than they were in previous years. Voters also recognize a variety of serious threats facing America’s forests, like wildfires and harmful insects and diseases. Given these factors, seven out of ten voters...
  2. Legislature Makes Arbor Week Official

    California Arbor Week was celebrated from March 7-14 throughout the state this year, and thanks to the help of Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D – Sacramento) will continue to be recognized for years to come. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 (ACR 10) was introduced by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, sponsored by California ReLeaf and passed by both the Assembly and Senate last week to proclaim March 7-14 of each year as California Arbor Week, urging California residents to observe the week with appropriate tree planting activities and programs. “I am proud to have been a part of a tremendously successful California Arbor Week” said Assemblymember...
  3. Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Supports California Arbor Week

    Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, representing the 9th District, introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 (ACR 10) to officially designate March 7-14 as California Arbor Week.  ACR 10 urges California residents to observe March 7-14 each year as California Arbor Week.  Trees are a vital resource to to our communities and serve as an important link with nature for California’s residents.
  4. U.N. Forum Focuses on Forests and People

    The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF9) will officially launch 2011 as the International Year of Forests with the theme “Celebrating Forests for People”. At its annual meeting held in New York, the UNFF9 focused on “Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication”. The meetings provided the opportunity for governments to discuss the cultural and social values of forests, governance and how stakeholders can cooperate. The U.S. Government highlighted its forest-related activities and initiatives over the course of the two week meeting, including hosting a side event focused on “Urban Greening in America”. The United Nations Forum on Forests was...
  5. Canopy Celebrates Tu Bishvat

    Dozens of families, numerous former mayors of Palo Alto, and Canopy volunteers made up a crowd of about 100 people at Canopy’s annual awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held on Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday for trees, adding a special significance for many of the attendees. Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa planted a Cedar of Lebanon at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center with the help of several children in attendance at the ceremony. In praise of Canopy, Mayor Espinosa said, “Canopy makes sure that hundreds are planted -hundreds more than were cut down – all over...
  6. Water & Urban Greening

    Please join California ReLeaf, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and TreePeople on Monday, January 31 as we learn how urban greening can improve water supply, flood prevention and water quality. This free session will be taught by Andy Lipkis, President and Founder of TreePeople and one of California’s experts in urban greening. For complete RSVP and event information, see our flyer here.
  7. Smartphone Users Can Report Sudden Oak Death

    California’s majestic oak trees have been felled by the hundreds of thousands by a disease first reported in 1995 and dubbed “sudden oak death.” To get a broader perspective on the disease, UC Berkeley scientists have developed a smartphone app for hikers and other nature lovers to report trees they find that have succumbed to sudden oak death. For more information about the app, what it does and how to get it, visit UC Berkeley’s website or OakMapper.org.
  8. Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests Task Force

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are seeking nominations from the nation’s urban forestry and natural resource leaders to become part of the task force, Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action. The 24-member task force will draft a set of recommendations outlining a federal roadmap to meet the needs of cities committed to expanding, enhancing and stewarding their natural resources and urban forests. As they craft and advance the recommendations, task force members will apply their knowledge and experience to become high-profile champions of the nation’s urban...
  9. Emission Trading Program Cleared

    On December 16, the California Air Resources Board endorsed the state’s cap-and-trade regulation under the state’s greenhouse gas reduction law, AB32. The cap-and-trade regulation, along with several complementary measures, will drive the development of green jobs and set the state on track to a clean energy future, CARB predicts. “This program is the capstone of our climate policy, and will accelerate California’s progress toward a clean energy economy,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “It rewards efficiency and provides companies with the greatest flexibility to find innovative solutions that drive green jobs, clean our environment, increase our energy security and ensure...
  10. Officials Refuse to Clear Levees of Foliage

    In defiance of a federal policy intended to bolster the safety of California levees, some Bay Area legislators, regulators and water agencies said Monday that they refuse to remove shrubs and trees from the banks of numerous creeks and culverts. They say stripping vegetation from 100 miles of levees around the nine counties would cost millions, ruin scenic byways and damage riparian, or riverbank, ecosystems. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/12/MNQT1FR969.DTL#ixzz13PlS5po4