1. 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...
  2. 2020 Retreat: Online Meditation Resources

    Resources Recommended by Nikki Insight Meditation Center website Happy Hour, practicing Loving-Kindness meditation, Wednesdays 6-7pm. Every weeknight through May 31st, online on Zoom Free talks and guided meditations on www.AudioDharma.org or on AudioDharma App Note that you can search for talks by different teachers in the dropdown box. In addition to Nikki, Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella do great dharma talks and guided meditations…but plenty of others to check out. Apple Store or Google Store Six week self paced introduction to Mindfulness Meditation See calendar for more online Zoom and YouTube meditations Nikki’s website Some Other Meditation Center Resources: Dharma...
  3. 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...
  4. Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Irvine

    Panel Talk on Green Gentrification California ReLeaf Executive Director Cindy Blain facilitated a panel about Green Gentrification at this year’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference. You can access the audio of the presentations as well as a PDF of slides below. Thank you to our speakers for a great session! Speakers: Winifred Curran, Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. of Geography, DePaul University, Chicago Enrique Huerta, Community Organizer, From Lot to Spot, Los Angeles Emi Wang, Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute, Oakland Download the presentation materials: Green Gentrification Audio Part 1 Green Gentrification Audio Part 2 Green Gentrification PDF...
  5. Re-Oaking California

    Re-oaking your community: 3 ways to bring oaks back to California cities by Erica Spotswood Could restoring native oak trees to cities create a beautiful, functional, and climate-adapted urban forest for our children? In the newly released report “Re-oaking Silicon Valley: Building Vibrant Cities with Nature”, the San Francisco Estuary Institute explores this question. Funded by Google’s Ecology Program, the project is a part of Resilient Silicon Valley, an initiative  developing a scientific foundation to guide investments in regional ecosystem health and resilience. Native oaks can be excellent choices for streets, backyards, and other landscaping. Requiring little water after establishment,...
  6. Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists

    Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists – with the work of Joanna Macy Based on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s books, “The Spiral of the Work that Reconnects” and “Coming back to Life,” Adélàjà Simon and Jen Scott facilitated a session of empowering dyad exercises to help Network members reconnect to their urban forest mission and their own personal sense of empowerment. We broke into groups of two (“dyads”) to talk about the challenges we have been encountering in our line of work. Per Joanna Macy’s model, Adélàjà and Jen provided Open Sentences about urban forest community work and climate change for attendees...
  7. How to Use ReLeaf’s Twitter Lists

    Have you ever used Twitter Lists? Lists are an AMAZING way to filter which tweets you’re scanning. For example, you can click on the ReLeaf Network list (once you’ve subscribed to our list) and then you’ll see only ReLeaf Network member organization posts. A good way to check out any new links to tree and urban forest research as well as cool activities in California’s community forests. Or learn about fundraising in small doses (tweet by tweet) by subscribing to the Philanthropic Education list… To learn how to leverage Twitter Lists, go to: https://support.twitter.com/articles/76460 ReLeaf has the following lists you...
  8. Get your Tree Care Cue Cards!

    The Urban Tree Foundation has produced a series of “cue cards” with basic information related to various aspects of tree care, including: Tree Planting Tree Quality Tree Training (Pruning) Root Management Structural Pruning Restoring Topped Trees Pruning at Planting These cue cards are also available in Spanish: Plantación de Árboles (Tree Planting) Calidad del Árbol (Tree Quality) Entrenamiento del Árbol (Tree Pruning) Cuidado de las Raíces (Root Management) Restaurando Árboles Desmochados (Restoring Topped Trees) Poda Estructural (Structural Pruning) Podando al Momento De Sembrar (Prunting at Planting) You are welcome to print these cards for your own use. Each of these...
  9. Official Press Release: Spanish-language Tree Care Videos Available!

    Click here for Save Our Water in Spanish! Save Our Water, the U.S. Forest Service, and California ReLeaf have partnered to create two Spanish-language videos that demonstrate how to best care for trees during California’s drought. Proper tree care and water conservation remain important even as California moves into a potentially wet winter due to El Niño conditions. The launch of these videos comes as the state moves forward with the California Climate Investments – projects funded by CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry program which will plant and care for trees in many Latino communities. As California’s environmentally conscientious...
  10. Teaming Up for Trees

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has outlined tips for working with professional sports teams on urban forestry projects. They have successfully partnered with the Green Bay Packers (football) and Milwaukee Brewers (baseball) teams to get trees in the ground as well as a lot of wonderful press and associated public awareness. More information and their playbook can be downloaded here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/playbook.html