1. Congresswoman Matsui Introduces TREES Act

    Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) celebrated Arbor Day by introducing The Residential Energy and Economic Savings Act, otherwise known as TREES Act. This legislation would establish a grant program to assist electric utilities with energy conservation programs that use targeted tree planting 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.   “As we continue to tackle the combined challenges of high energy costs and the effects of climate...
  2. Being Green in April

    This month affords lots of opportunities for people to be green. With flowers in bloom and trees beginning to show their leaves, it’s easy to show your love for Mother Nature. Earth Day and National Arbor Day afford two opportunities next week.   Monday, April 22 is Earth Day. This worldwide celebration evokes support for environmental protection. The following Friday, April 26 is National Arbor Day. This is a day when people are encouraged to plant or care for trees. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate either of these green days, take a look at the events calendar...
  3. Governor Proclaims March 7 Arbor Day

    Governor Proclaims March 7 Arbor Day Statewide Arbor Week Poster Contest Winners Unveiled   Sacramento – Just as trees across the state are beginning to blossom for spring, California’s Arbor Week is highlighting the importance trees have on communities and their residents. Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown proclaimed the start of California Arbor Week, and to kick off the celebration, officials from CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf, an organization working to preserve, protect and enhance California’s urban forests, announced the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.   “Arbor Week is a time when we encourage tree planting in...
  4. My Favorite Trees: Joe Liszewski

    This post is the second in a series. Today, we hear from Joe Liszewski, the Executive Director of California ReLeaf. California’s state tree (along with the Redwood, its cousin) is one of my favorite trees, it’s really impossible to pick just one when you work in the tree business! They’re huge and perhaps the largest living trees on Earth. Giant sequoias can live to be 3,000 years old; the oldest recorded specimen exceeded 3,500 years. For me, they truly put everything into perspective and can fill you with wonder, imagining how something can be so gigantic and old. Their beauty...
  5. My Favorite Tree: Gail Church

    To celebrate California Arbor Week, which begins later this week on March 7th, we’ll be bringing you a series of blog posts on the favorite trees of California ReLeaf board and staff members. Today, we hear from Gail Church, Executive Director of Tree Musketeers and a California ReLeaf board member.   Marcie the Marvelous Tree, the first planted by the eight-year-old founders of Tree Musketeers, is a native California Sycamore. Since her planting 26 years ago, she has inspired millions of children around the world to plant and care for trees. Marcie has really lived up to her name becoming...
  6. 2013 California Arbor Week Poster Contest

    Third, fourth, and fifth grade students throughout California are invited to participate in this year’s California Arbor Week Poster Contest. This year’s contest, “The Trees in My Community Are an Urban Forest” is designed to increase knowledge of the important roles of trees and the many benefits they provide to our communities.   For lesson plans, activities, and contest rules, download our full 2013 poster contest packet.  
  7. Sacramento City Forester Earns National Award

    Sacramento City Forester Joe Benassini is the recipient of a 2012 Arbor Day Award honoring his outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation, and stewardship. Benassini is one of 16 individuals and organizations being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation this year. He is receiving a Champion of Trees Award in recognition of his leadership in advancing effective forestry public policy. “By dedicating his professional life to effective urban forestry and providing vital tree maintenance through strong leadership and strategic policy, Joe Benassini serves as model for tree care professionals,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day...
  8. Arbor Week Celebrations Grow Statewide

    California Arbor Week Celebrations Grow Statewide  Special celebrations highlight the importance of trees to California Sacramento, Calif. – California Arbor Week will be celebrated throughout California March 7-14 to highlight the importance of trees to communities by improving air quality, water conservation, economic vitality, individual health and the ambiance of residential and commercial neighborhoods. Organizations ranging from city tree foundations, nature groups, cities, schools and youth organizations are preparing to plant thousands of trees in every corner of the state as a commitment to green space and community well being. “Over 94% of Californian’s live in urban areas.” said Joe...