1. Network Renewal 2021

    Dear Network, Thank you for being a California ReLeaf Network member. Your participation in the Network is incredibly valuable to making our urban forest nonprofit community smarter and stronger. Together we are making our cities greener and healthier for all Californians! It is time to renew Network membership for 2021! Please renew today by providing updated info about your organization and – if you are able – paying dues. Many of you are working remotely or your staff contacts have changed. Your renewal will ensure we have your current contact and program information, so that we can connect with you...
  2. Tell Us What You Think & Join Our Learn Over Lunch

    Please Complete Network Surveys These surveys are critical to helping us understand the needs of the Network, develop our programming, share our collective impact, and direct funding and awareness to community groups and nonprofits. Thank you for taking a few minutes to fill out the surveys. Tree Planting & Care Data: We’re looking for the number of trees you planted and cared for, volunteer information, and outreach workshops your organization had this past fiscal year – July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Once you have your annual numbers ready, it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Only...
  3. Virtual ReLeaf Network Retreat

    Thank you, everyone, who attended our Virtual Network Retreat. We hope you had a great time and learned a lot. We loved getting to see your faces and connect with everyone who attended during the breakout sessions. Check out the videos below if you want to watch recordings or were not be able to participate in the Retreat. Please read about our speakers, Retreat agenda, and sponsors in the Retreat Packet. We also want to thank our sponsors CAL FIRE, the US Forest Service, and Edison International. Virtual Tree Climbing Experience Keynote Address: The Power of Story with Katie McCleary...
  4. Urban Forestry Victories in the FY 2019 – 20 State Budget

    California ReLeaf and its long list of policy partners emerged from the 2019 budget debate with a few wins for the urban forestry community, along with several lessons learned that will help inform our efforts moving forward. Please take a few minutes to celebrate these hard-won victories. The FY 2019-20 State Budget signed by Governor Newsom contains nearly $50 million for urban forestry and urban greening, and another $100 million for flood control and environmental mitigation that includes urban forestry as eligible project components. CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is planting more than 100,000 trees across California with...
  5. LA Network Retreat

    2019 Network Retreat at the Cal Endow This year the California ReLeaf Network Retreat was in Downtown Los Angeles at the California Endowment on May 31, 2019. We talk about various issues such as what data you should be collecting about trees, how to connect with urban planners, and community building in disadvantaged communities. Get to know our speakers, sponsors and attendees outlined in the Retreat Packet and the updated agenda. If you did not attend the Retreat and want to check out what we talked about or if you just want a refresher, watch the videos below. Network: Round...
  6. Funding for FY 2019-20 State Budget

    Urban forestry, urban greening, and other natural resources investments gained ground yesterday in the ongoing discussion of project priorities within the next Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Expenditure Plan. In the Assembly Budget Subcommittee for Resources, multiple members pushed back against the Administration’s assertions that urban greening investments would be covered under the Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). Subcommittee Chair Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) quickly observed that urban greening and TCC are very different programs, while simultaneously clarifying that urban forestry and wetlands were left out of the Governor’s Budget. California ReLeaf representative Alfredo Arredondo offered further distinctions between TCC and...
  7. Lobby Day and ReLeaf Network Retreat 2018

    May 2-3, 2018 Sacramento, California May 2nd will be a full day of lobbying. Time and Location: 8:30am – 7pm at the Downtown and Vine – 1200 K Street Suite 8, Sacramento, CA 95814 Lobby Day with your district representatives. Evening reception May 3rd will be the ReLeaf Network Retreat. Time and Location: 9am – 4pm at The California Endowment – 1414 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Recording from Network Retreat: Network: Lobby Day Experiences & Take-Aways Discussion Hosts: Liz Skrzat, City Plans & Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf Re-Oaking California Communities: Native Habitat & Carbon Storage Speaker: Erica Spotswood, San...
  8. First World Forum on Urban Forests

    On November 28 to December 1, 2018, the United Nations and partners in Mantova, Italy will host the first World Forum on Urban Forests (UF). This first world forum will bring together cross-sector individuals, such as national and local government, non-governmental organizations, scientists, arborists, urban planners, and architects to have a discussion and learn from one another about urban forests. This is a great opportunity for international networking and exchange expertise. There is still a lot California can learn from other countries. For instance, how we can transform our cities to become more livable and healthier, and there is a...
  9. 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...
  10. ReLeaf Network Retreat 2017: Overview

    Hi everyone! Thank you very much for coming to the ReLeaf Network Retreat and doing the hokey-pokey with us – putting your whole selves in and listening intentionally to become visionaries and even better catalysts for change while supporting communities through trees, tree care jobs, and more funding for greener, healthier neighborhoods. Click here to view retreat agenda and below are some photos for your enjoyment! Also, see post below about the exercise we did during the retreat from Jen Scott and Adélàjà Simon on Supporting Ourselves As Community Activist. Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists   Based on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s...