Resources

Below are tools and resources to help you take root in your community — whether by planting a tree, volunteering for an organization (or running your own!), or simply digging deeper into the data behind how trees make our communities better.

Much of this comes from our Network members, as well as other sites we love. We try to narrow to the best of the best, to save you the time of searching. Are you a community group and see something missing or have an idea of something relevant to add? Please contact us!

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Urban Forest Leadership Training

California ReLeaf invites emerging urban forestry leaders in nonprofits, arboriculture, and government to join its leadership training in April 2022. The leadership training...

Webinar: Save Our Water & Our Trees

California ReLeaf partnered with Growing Vibrant LA Communities to create the Webinar "Save Our Water & Our Trees: Growing Community Resilience When Drought is the New...

Oak Woodland Restoration Webinar

Oak woodlands are an important piece of the geography, history, and identity of California. These woodlands are rich in biodiversity and are essential to the vitality of our...

All Things Trees

Selection & Planning

  • Trees for the 21st Century is a guide produced by California ReLeaf that discusses eight steps to a thriving tree canopy, including the importance of tree selection.
  • SelecTree – This program designed by the Urban Forestry Ecosystems Institute at Cal Poly is a tree selection database for California. You can find the best tree to plant by attribute or by zip code.
  • Tree Quality Cue Card – When you’re at the nursery, this cue card helps you choose the best quality tree stock to plant. Available in English or Spanish.
  • The Sunset Western Garden Book can tell you more about your area’s hardiness zone and appropriate plants for your climate.
  • WUCOLS provides an assessment of irrigation water needs for over 3,500 species.

Planting

Care & Health

Great Sites to Know

Research

Calculator & Measuring Tools

  • i-Tree – A software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools.
  • National Tree Benefit Calculator – Make a simple estimation of the benefits that an individual street tree provides.
  • Tree Carbon Calculator – The only tool approved by the Climate Action Reserve’s Urban Forest Project Protocol for quantifying carbon dioxide sequestration from tree planting projects.
  • ecoSmart Landscapes: Can help residential property owners estimate these tangible benefits.
  • Read more about the above tools here.
  • Database & Tree Tracking (presentation recording) – Three Network members share about how their organizations map and track trees at the 2019 Network Retreat.
  • Urban Ecos is a consulting company who can assist with grant applicants to plan GHG reduction projects and quantify the benefits of trees.

Nonprofit Resources

Fundraising Tips & Tricks

Boards of Directors

Communications

Great Sites to Know

Partnerships

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Leading with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as our guide is critical in nonprofit programming. The resources below can deepen your understanding of DEI, racial and environmental justice, and how to incorporate it into your urban forestry work.

Websites to Know

Green Gentrification

Research shows that the threat of green gentrification is real in many cities, and it can lead to the displacement of longtime residents that many greening equity efforts are designed to serve.

Presentations & Webinars

Articles

Videos

Podcasts