1. Urban Forest Resource Roundup: Network New Year Highlights & January Learning Opportunities

    California Arbor Week is on its Way! Our poster & video contests for elementary and middle school students are now open! We’ve also published all-new lesson plans and activities for grades 3-8. Learn more here and stay tuned for more details.   Network Member Highlights A gratitude report from our friends at Canopy Some solid 2016 accomplishments at CSET Recent awards for Tree San Diego Awesome partnerships going on at Urban ReLeaf Starting off the year right with LA Conservation Corps Big changes at Common Vision! Meet us at Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Greenprint Summit Did we miss anything? Tell us...
  2. Urban Forest Resource Roundup: Trees in the News & November Learning Opportunities

    Use AmazonSmile to Support Your City’s Trees While You Shop This Season Help us keep speaking for trees at California’s Capitol! When you shop online this holiday season, use California ReLeaf’s AmazonSmile portal — it’s a little way to make a big difference for California’s trees & communities. Trees in the News Urban trees & public health in The Smithsonian Urban forests author interview in National Geographic City trees saving lives in The Washington Post California trees & drought on NPR Trees & air quality on CityLab USFS and Davey Institute’s Sustainable Urban Forest Guide The FAO’s Guidelines on Urban...
  3. 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.
  4. The Power of Trees: Building Resilient Communities

    August 2016 Network Retreat & Power of Trees Conference A huge thanks to our generous partners and sponsors: ReLeat Retreat 8/9/16 | Power of Trees 8/10/16 | Power of Trees 8/11/16 Click here to view the Power of Trees conference brochure! 2016 ReLeaf Network Retreat 8/9/16 Click here to view the Network Retreat Agenda! (.pdf) Session 1: Local Advocacy: From the Elected’s Perspective with Cindy Montañez of TreePeople Session 2: Volunteer Tree Steward Programs: Lessons Learned with Doug Wildman of Friends of the Urban Forest and Gail Church of Tree Musketeers Volunteers and Lessons Learned from FUF (.pdf) Presentation Volunteers...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Conversation with Martha Ozonoff

    Current Position: Development Officer, UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Network member (TreeDavis): 1993 – 2000 Network Advisory member: 1996 – 2000 Executive Director: 2000 – 2010 Donor: 2010 – present ReLeaf license plate owner: 1998 – present What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? When I worked at TreeDavis, ReLeaf was my mentor organization; providing contacts, networking, connections, funding sources through which TreeDavis’s work was able to be accomplished. Pillars of the industry became my colleagues. This whole experience shaped the beginning of my career for which I have immense gratitude....
  10. Interview with Elisabeth Hoskins

    Current Position? Retired from California ReLeaf What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Staff: 1997 – 2003, Grant Coordinator 2003 – 2007, Network Coordinator (1998 worked in Costa Mesa office with Genevieve) What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? Privilege to meet amazing people all over CA who really care about clean air, clean water, the environment in general. Amazing bunch of people who didn’t just talk about things, they did things!! They had courage; courage to write a grant application, to pursue funding, and to complete a project – even if they had never done it before. As a result,...