1. 2011 Annual Report

    2011 was a great year for California ReLeaf! We’re proud of our accomplishments and the accomplishments of our ReLeaf Network members. In 2011, we: Supported 17 significant urban forestry projects that provided California with 72,000 workforce hours supporting 140 jobs, Delivered important education to nonprofits and community organizations through our newsletter and annual conference, Sponsored successful legislation designating March 7 – 14 of every year as California Arbor Week, and Joined Network members to support legislation that extended the prevailing wage exception for volunteers through 2016.   Our Network members: Planted over 53,000 trees, Cared for over 122,000 trees, Held...
  2. A New Tree at the Capitol

    Today, California ReLeaf, Sacramento Tree Foundation, and the Western Chapter of the International Society of Aboriculture joined Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and other members of the state legislature to dedicate a new tree in Capitol Park. The Valley Oak was planted just south of the rose garden. In other Capitol news, Governor Brown issued a proclamation recognizing March 7th as Arbor Day in California. He led the proclamation with the poem “Green and Gold” by Gary Snyder. To read the full proclamation, visit the governor’s website.
  3. Benefits of Trees Backed by Research

    We all know trees are beautiful and many of us in the urban and community forestry world can give a laundry list of the other benefits trees provide. Now, Alliance for Community Trees has made it easy for us to refer people to the research that backs up that list of benefits. ACTrees has compiled a resource list of the many scientifically-proven benefits of trees in a single document. Grouped by category, the benefits and corresponding studies speak to the enormous value of urban and community trees. Click here to view the document.
  4. California to sue feds over levee trees

    The state of California will join environmental groups in a lawsuit against the federal government to protect trees growing on levees. The state Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday it will join the federal lawsuit, initiated earlier this year by Sacramento-based Friends of the River. The suit challenges a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers policy that bans trees on levees, on grounds that trees undermine levee stability and maintenance practices. “If adhered to, the policy will do incredible damage to California’s remaining riparian and adjacent riverine ecosystem, especially in the Central Valley, said Fish and Game Director Charlton Bonham. Click here to read more.
  5. Governor Brown Signs Volunteer Bill

      Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 587 (Gordon and Furutani) on September 6th, which now extends the current prevailing wage exemption for volunteers through 2017.  This was the priority legislation for the urban forestry community this year, and is essential to preserving the rights of all Californians to donate their time and spirit to a spectrum of resource conservation activities, critical tree care and tree planting projects. California ReLeaf Network groups and their partners provided strong support for this bill throughout the legislative session, which helped make a difference.   Thanks to everyone for making this effort such a huge...
  6. Congresswoman Matsui introduces Energy Conservation Through Trees Act

    Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2095, the Energy Conservation Through Trees Act, legislation that would support programs run by electric utilities that use targeted planting of shade trees in order to reduce residential energy demand.  This legislation will help homeowners lower their electric bills – and help utilities lower their peak load demand – by reducing residential energy demand caused by the need to run air conditioners at a high level. “The Energy Conservation Through Trees Act would help reduce energy costs for consumers and improve air quality for all,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “In my hometown of Sacramento, I...
  7. Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: A National Call to Action

    In April 2011, the U.S. Forest Service and non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) convened the Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action task force outside of Washington, DC. The three-day workshop addressed the future of our nation’s urban forests and ecosystems; incorporating the health, environmental, social and economic benefits they bring to sustainable and vibrant cities. The VCUF task force set out to craft a vision, set of goals and recommendations that will advance urban forestry and natural resources stewardship into the next decade and beyond. The 25 individuals who comprise the task force include the...
  8. Voters value forests!

    A nationwide survey commissioned by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) was recently completed to assess key public perceptions and values related to forests.  The new results reveal a striking consensus among Americans: Voters strongly value the nation’s forests, especially as sources of clean air and water. Voters have an increased appreciation for the economic benefits provided by forests- such as good-paying jobs and essential products – than they were in previous years. Voters also recognize a variety of serious threats facing America’s forests, like wildfires and harmful insects and diseases. Given these factors, seven out of ten voters...
  9. Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Supports California Arbor Week

    Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, representing the 9th District, introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 (ACR 10) to officially designate March 7-14 as California Arbor Week.  ACR 10 urges California residents to observe March 7-14 each year as California Arbor Week.  Trees are a vital resource to to our communities and serve as an important link with nature for California’s residents.
  10. U.N. Forum Focuses on Forests and People

    The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF9) will officially launch 2011 as the International Year of Forests with the theme “Celebrating Forests for People”. At its annual meeting held in New York, the UNFF9 focused on “Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication”. The meetings provided the opportunity for governments to discuss the cultural and social values of forests, governance and how stakeholders can cooperate. The U.S. Government highlighted its forest-related activities and initiatives over the course of the two week meeting, including hosting a side event focused on “Urban Greening in America”. The United Nations Forum on Forests was...