1. Government Shutdown Hitting Close to Home

    We recently received this letter from Sandy Bonilla, the Director of the Urban Conservation Corps for the Southern California Mountains Foundation. Sandy spoke to California ReLeaf Network members at our August 1 workshop. The audience was moved by the work that she and her colleagues have done in San Bernardino....
  2. Health in All Policies – A Guide for State & Local Governments

    A new guide for health in all policies for state and local governments is available. You may wonder why you’re reading about this on a blog about urban forestry, but if you take a quick look at the cover of the guide, you’ll quickly see that trees and greenspace are...
  3. A New Era for EEMP

    California’s popular Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) was funded at $7 million in the 2013-14 State Budget through legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.  This is the only statewide local assistance funding for urban forestry for this fiscal year.   While the reinstatement of EEMP funding certainly comes...
  4. California’s Water – Where does urban forestry fit in?

    I sometimes wonder how urban forestry can create and maintain a strong and resilient presence in such large-scale state issues such as improving California’s air and water quality.  This is especially true when specific topics surface at the State Legislature such as AB 32 implementation and the 2014 water bond....
  5. Change is Coming to Two California Communities

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very dedicated people in two of California’s largest cities – San Diego and Stockton. It’s been amazing to see both what needs to be accomplished in these cities and how hard these individuals are working to make...
  6. Prop 84: Calling for Concept Proposals

    The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is now accepting Concept Proposal applications for Round 2 of the Prop 84 Stormwater Grant Program (SWGP). There will be approximately $38.4 million in funding available to local public agencies for projects that reduce or prevent stormwater contamination of rivers, lakes...
  7. Neighbors Rally at HBTS Event

    On August 24, a few volunteers met to plant ten trees in Burke Park in Huntington Beach. It turned out that the park, surrounded by a residential area, was the perfect spot for the Huntington Beach Tree Society to plant trees and educate volunteers about their importance.   Jean Nagy,...
  8. Partnering to Protect the Bay Area’s Water

    California ReLeaf recently supported the recruitment and training of two interns for The Watershed Project’s Tree Team Project who will act as Richmond Rain to Roots program ambassadors in Richmond’s Iron Triangle and Sante Fe, two low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in the city.   Training for the interns included 20 hours...