1. A Higher Purpose

      A tree can be many things: an air filter, a playground, a shade structure, a landmark. One of the highest purposes a tree can serve, though, is as a memorial.   Recently, through support from California ReLeaf, the Incredible Edible Community Garden (IECG) was able to plant 50 trees...
  2. Making Urban Forestry Part of California’s Water Conversation

    Water can be a contentious issue in California’s communities. With resources becoming more limited and restrictions increasing, it’s important to make sure that urban forestry finds it’s place as one of the solutions Californians turn to to solve their water problems. Join us on Wednesday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m.-noon...
  3. California Needs Urban Forests

    Ask anyone and they’ll most likely tell you they love trees. California’s cities and towns need trees, but not just to beautify the landscape. Trees do so much more!   Click on the infographic below to visit a fully interactive version on our website. The next time someone asks you,...
  4. Inspiring Environmental Educator

    When California ReLeaf was awarded funding through the EPA’s Environmental Education Sub-Grant Program, the organization started looking for an environmental educator to work with us to develop grant guidelines and review grants proposals. ReLeaf was lucky enough to find Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro.   Since beginning its work...
  5. A Challenge to California’s Cities

    Last week, American Forests announced the 10 best U.S. cities for urban forests.  California had one city on that list – Sacramento.  In a state where over 94% of our population lives in an urban area, or roughly 35 million Californians, it’s deeply concerning that more of our cities didn’t make the...
  6. Goleta Valley Beautiful Seeking Nominations for 2013 Awards

    Goleta Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for their 2013 Annual Awards.  The awards recognize projects in the Goleta Valley which promote beautification and sustainability, further community pride, and contribute positively to a diverse and healthy urban forest. Nominations for awards are open to everyone, including self-nominations, and you do not...
  7. The Relationship Between Trees & Human Health

    The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer   Background: Several recent studies have identifıed a relationship between the natural environment and improved health outcomes. However, for practical reasons, most have been observational, cross-sectional studies.   Purpose: A natural experiment, which provides...