1. Partnerships Pave Path to Success

    Last summer, California ReLeaf suddenly found itself in the unenviable position of being the torch-bearer for nonprofits across the state with regards to critical legislation that would set in statute eligible recipients for cap and trade funding. The first thing we did was activate the California ReLeaf Network. The second...
  2. President Obama, Ever Consider More Trees?

    You would have to live under a rock to not know that President Obama presented his State of the Union address to Congress and the country last night. During his speech, he talked about climate change, its effects on our country, and urged us to take action. He said:  ...
  3. A Challenge to California’s Cities

    Last week, American Forests announced the 10 best U.S. cities for urban forests.  California had one city on that list – Sacramento.  In a state where over 94% of our population lives in an urban area, or roughly 35 million Californians, it’s deeply concerning that more of our cities didn’t make the...
  4. Down, but Far From Out

    Exploring the Governor’s proposed State Budget is perhaps analogous to reading Dickens in that you have to traverse a lot of descriptors before getting to the good stuff.  Even then, the good stuff can be hard to find.  Such is the case with the 2013-14 blue print to balance California’s...
  5. Farewell Policy Champs

    Nearly 25% of California’s State Legislature termed out in November, including numerous champions for urban forestry, parks, open space and environmental protection.  And while we welcome those new members of the State Assembly and Senate that bring them with bold and ambitious ideas on how to move California forward, we...
  6. ReLeaf Network Keeps Nonprofits Alive in Cap and Trade Bills

    With two weeks to go in the 2012 Legislative Session, California ReLeaf discovered that a much-desired “local project funding program” was being inserted into the Cap and Trade bill package that was moving forward with great momentum.  The proposed language had much of what our network of urban forestry nonprofits...