1. Arbor Week Photo Contest Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the 2014 California Arbor Week Photo Contest Winners! All of the submissions were wonderful, but these two stood out – one for its beauty, the other for its story. A big thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photographs this year. We hope to see more of your work during future California Arbor Week contests.   Trees in My Community Winner “My Girls in a Tree” by Janie Licosati, Rancho Santa Fe, CA   Janie says, “This is a huge Tipu tree on our street. This tree is the home away from home for my two girls....
  2. ED Travel Log: SF Bay Area

    During the last week of May, Acting Executive Director Amelia Oliver traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin planning an exciting event and to meet with current ReLeaf Network members. Here, she shares some of the details of her trip.                                                                              
  3. 2014 California Arbor Week Winning Posters

    We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2014 California Arbor Week Poster Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners!   And thanks to all of our Poster Contest sponsors: CAL FIRE, Union Bank, and the California Community Forest Foundation.   3rd Grade Winner Carolyn Lum, Roseville     4th Grade Winner Paige Davis, Wheatland                                                     5th Grade Winner Alyanna Almario, Beale Air Force Base
  4. Ready your Crayons! Pick up your Cameras! Plant a Tree!

    California Arbor Week Contests Highlight the Importance of Trees   Sacramento, Calif. – Two statewide contests are being held to celebrate California Arbor Week, March 7-14, a statewide celebration of trees. These contests are designed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the trees and forests in the communities where Californians live, work and play. Winners will be featured at the State Fair and awarded cash prizes.   Third, fourth, and fifth grade students throughout California are invited to participate in the Annual California Arbor Week Poster Contest. This year’s contest, themed “Trees Make My Community Healthy,” is designed to...
  5. A Higher Purpose

      A tree can be many things: an air filter, a playground, a shade structure, a landmark. One of the highest purposes a tree can serve, though, is as a memorial.   Recently, through support from California ReLeaf, the Incredible Edible Community Garden (IECG) was able to plant 50 trees with such a purpose.   On March 23, trees were planted at the California State San Bernardino Veteran Success Center to honor and memorialize veterans past, present, and future. The Veteran Success Center provides programs and services that are unique to the needs of service members, including a room where...
  6. 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...
  7. Incredible, Edible Plants Trees with Veterans

    San Bernardino, Ca (March 23, 2013) — The Incredible Edible Community Garden was awarded a California ReLeaf Grant to plant a Veteran’s Tree Garden at Cal State San Bernardino’s Veteran’s Success Center. On March 23rd, as part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Veterans Living Memorial Garden, local veterans helped to plant 15 olive trees. They were planted in three clusters representing each of the five branches of the U.S. military–Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. An additional 35 trees will be planted throughout the campus.   According to Eleanor Torres, Incredible Edible Community Garden board member,...
  8. Vote with the Click of your Mouse

    The 2013 California Arbor Week Photo Contest is officially underway. Entries were posted to the California ReLeaf Facebook site this morning and now you have the chance to be a judge. Help us choose our two winners by casting your “like” for your favorite pictures before 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.   Winners will be chosen in two categories: My Favorite California Tree(s) and Trees in Our Cities and Towns. Facebook likes will be tabulated along with California ReLeaf staff members’ scores to identify the winners. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.
  9. A City Without Trees

    Can you imagine what your city would be like without trees? It may be harder for you to imagine what it would be like with trees. Check out the great before and after photos on the Arbor Week blog today. You can see for yourself what a difference trees make. We hope you’re helping to create this kind of difference in your community during California Arbor Week!