1. New Grant Program for ACTrees Member Organizations

    Alliance for Community Trees is pleased to announce the Alliance for Community Trees People’s Garden Grants, a new program designed to explore and deepen the connections between community trees and urban agriculture. Now in their pilot year, the ACTrees People’s Garden Grants will promote the connections between trees and urban agriculture by supporting the planting of shade trees to shelter and protect community gardens, and fruit and nut trees to serve as food resources for surrounding communities. The total sum of grant awards is $125,000, which will be distributed in grants of up to $5,000 each to awardees. Applications are...
  2. EPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational and employment opportunities in nearby communities. The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that...
  3. Four Los Angeles Nonprofits Unite to Plant Trees

    The Hollywood/LA Beautification Team (HBT), Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC), Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), Northeast Trees (NET) are co-hosting a local tree planting event to celebrate the multiple job creation and community health benefits that have been realized through projects completed by the four non-profit groups.  The projects  are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The tree plantings will be conducted by students, volunteers and organizational staff.  Numerous elected officials have been invited to attend and participate.   The event will take place at the Foshay Learning Center, located at Western Ave and Exposition Blvd. on Monday...
  4. Give the Gift of Trees

    Trees bring life to California and have a remarkable effect on our communities.  Trees provide benefits like cleaning the air and cooling hot streets, trees are linked to reduced crime and increased property values.  California ReLeaf works hand in hand with local organizations throughout the state to preserve, protect, and enhance California’s community forests. A donation to California ReLeaf is a gift to the citizen’s of California for generations to come.  Consider supporting us this holiday season and invest in California!  As a special bonus, all donations of $100 or more between now and December 31, 2011 will receive a...
  5. A Good Tree Read

    Dr. Matt Ritter and his book “A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us” has been featured in a great review by Joan S. Bolton of the Santa Maria Times. This book is perfect for both the novice and the person with extensive knowledge of the trees in their communities. Purchase the book here. Donate $100 or more to California ReLeaf before December 31, 2011 and receive a copy of Dr. Ritter’s book as a special thank you! You can donate here right now.
  6. NUCFAC Calls for Proposals

    The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, (NUCFAC) announces the posting of the U.S. Forest Service 2012 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. Proposals are due by December 1, 2011. For more information, click here.
  7. EPA Commits $1.5 Million to Support Smart Growth

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to help an estimated 125 local, state, and tribal governments create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. The move comes in response to the high demand for tools to foster environmentally and economically sustainable development coming from various communities around the nation. “EPA is working to support communities in their efforts to protect health and the environment, and create more sustainable housing and transportation choices that are the foundation for a strong economy,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “EPA...
  8. Tree Planting Awards Announced

    Sacramento, CA, September 1, 2011 – California ReLeaf announced today that nine community groups across the state will receive a total of over $50,000 in funding for urban forestry tree-planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2011 Tree-Planting Grant Program.  Individual grants ranged from $3,300 to $7,500.   Virtually every region in the state is represented by these grant recipients that are engaging in a variety of tree-planting projects that will enhance through urban forestry  California communities extending from the city streets of Eureka to underserved areas in Los Angeles County.  “Healthy urban and community forests directly contribute to the economic,...
  9. Help Your Colleague Win a Truck for Trees!

    Toyota collected thousands of applications from organizations nationwide hoping to have a chance to participate in the company’s Facebook-driven 100 Cars for Good Campaign. The contest was designed by Toyota to salute do-gooders by giving 100 cars over 100 days to organizations that could really use a new set of wheels. California ReLeaf Network member Sacramento Tree Foundation was one of the lucky 500 finalists selected, and can now win a Toyota truck on July 4th with your support. For 29 years the Sacramento Tree Foundation has helped thousands of people plant, protect and learn about trees. With a goal...
  10. Congresswoman Matsui introduces Energy Conservation Through Trees Act

    Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2095, the Energy Conservation Through Trees Act, legislation that would support programs run by electric utilities that use targeted planting of shade trees in order to reduce residential energy demand.  This legislation will help homeowners lower their electric bills – and help utilities lower their peak load demand – by reducing residential energy demand caused by the need to run air conditioners at a high level. “The Energy Conservation Through Trees Act would help reduce energy costs for consumers and improve air quality for all,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “In my hometown of Sacramento, I...