1. California ReLeaf Welcomes Cindy Blain as New Executive Director

    Sacramento, Calif. – The California ReLeaf Board of Directors is proud to welcome Cindy Blain as the new executive director. Ms. Blain will lead the organization in its efforts to empower grassroots organizations and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. She brings a wealth of expertise to California ReLeaf with over eight years of experience in environmental and urban forest nonprofits and a decade in marketing and operations.   “The staff and Board are very pleased to welcome Cindy” said Jim Clark, Chair of the California ReLeaf Board. “We look forward to working...
  2. Creative Fundraising Ideas for Network Groups

    Nonprofit organizations need diverse sources of funding to support ongoing operations and programs. Today, there are many ways to engage your organization’s supporters. These programs are all free and require only a minimal amount of initial work to sign up to participate. The success of these programs will then depend on your ability to get the word out to your donors and supporters. We encourage you to check out these programs to see if they are a good fit for your organization. Goodsearch.com is an internet search engine that benefits nonprofit organizations all over the country. Sign up to let...
  3. The Green Rush

    by Chuck Mills   A California ReLeaf board member recently commented that urban forestry is now experiencing a “Green Rush” of funding stemming from recent State Budget appropriations. It’s a poignant observation that should motivate all of us to seize this moment. Like California’s seven-year gold rush, this unprecedented stream of new dollars will not last forever. In an effort to help Network members and community groups mine the state’s urban forestry-related funds, California ReLeaf has a new web page that provides one-stop shopping for the most pertinent California public grants programs that currently exist or are in development for...
  4. Our City Forest Seeks Deputy Director

    OUR CITY FOREST, Silicon Valley’s award-winning urban forestry nonprofit and a California ReLeaf Network member, is seeking an experienced professional to fill the newly created position of DEPUTY DIRECTOR. The position will oversee field-related operations carried out by 4 staff program managers and 25 full-time AmeriCorps service members. Programs and operations under the purview of the Deputy will include project development and contracting, planting and maintenance operations, tree evaluations/inventory programs, and the full-scale community tree nursery.     Our City Forest (OCF) performs valuable community services year-round on behalf of dozens of local agencies and at the request of thousands...
  5. Urban Forestry Makes History

    By Chuck Mills   On June 15, 2014, the Legislature passed a state budget bill that includes $17.8 million for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program.  Governor Brown is expected to sign this deal.   To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest single-state annual appropriation for urban forestry in US History.   More details will follow, but this much is certain: $15.7 million for projects and grants through the U&CF Program, with $2.1 million to support staffing and administration. Per the statutory requirements of Senate Bill 535, the majority of these funds will benefit disadvantaged...
  6. ED Travel Log: SF Bay Area

    During the last week of May, Acting Executive Director Amelia Oliver traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin planning an exciting event and to meet with current ReLeaf Network members. Here, she shares some of the details of her trip.                                                                              
  7. Tree Musketeers Search for Community Forester

    Tree Musketeers is a trendsetting, youth-led nonprofit located in El Segundo, California. Their mission is to empower young people to be environmental leaders.   The organization is currently seeking an individual with a unique combination of urban forestry experience and strong interpersonal qualities to serve as Community Forester. This person must be equally comfortable digging in the dirt, teaching classes or conducting business.   To view the full position description, click here. You can send your one-page resume and cover letter to jobs@treemusketeers.org.
  8. Silence Isn’t Golden

    Over the next month, community groups and ReLeaf Network members across California have an opportunity to comment on two important issues. They are the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM); and the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Urban Forest Project Protocols. To date, these efforts have been fairly non-profitable for urban forestry groups working daily to green our golden state, but with guidance from stakeholders they could prove to be beneficial.   In March, 2014, Governor Brown and the Legislature directed DWR to expedite the solicitation and award of $200 million in IRWM funding to...
  9. Volunteers Make a Difference in Woodland

    Volunteers can make a huge difference for their communities. The amazing folks at Woodland Tree Foundation, a California ReLeaf Network member, are the perfect example of how people with a common goal can make their communities stronger, their neighborhoods more beautiful, and their town’s residents healthier.
  10. Andy Lipkis Speaks Up About Water

    Recently, TreePeople‘s founder and Executive Director Andy Lipkis was interviewed by Transition Network about the drought occurring throughout California. In the interview, Andy talks about his past experiences that led to the foundation of one of the most influential environmental organizations in the state. He also talks about how integration between top down and bottom up measures has to happen to design creative solutions to our states water problems. Trees and green environments are a big part of that integrated design.   To read the full interview, click here.