1. Change is Coming to Two California Communities

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very dedicated people in two of California’s largest cities – San Diego and Stockton. It’s been amazing to see both what needs to be accomplished in these cities and how hard these individuals are working to make...
  2. Planting Trees Around the World

    TreeMusketeers, a California ReLeaf Network member and kid-led tree planting nonprofit in Los Angeles, has been encouraging kids around the world to plant trees. Their 3×3 Campaign began to get three million trees planted by three million kids to fight global warming.   3 x 3 Campaign arises from the...
  3. Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program Releases Updated Draft Guidelines

    The Strategic Growth Council has released draft guidelines for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program, which offers grants to cities, counties, and designated regional agencies to promote sustainable community planning and natural resource conservation. This draft includes substantial changes to how applications are assessed.   Below is a...
  4. California’s Urban Forests: Our Front Line Defense Against Climate Change

    President Obama delivered an address on his administration’s plan for combating Climate Change.  His plan calls for a reduction of carbon emissions, increased energy efficiency and climate adaptation planning.  To quote the economy and natural resource section: “America’s ecosystems are critical to our nation’s economy and the lives and health...
  5. California Needs Urban Forests

    Ask anyone and they’ll most likely tell you they love trees. California’s cities and towns need trees, but not just to beautify the landscape. Trees do so much more!   Click on the infographic below to visit a fully interactive version on our website. The next time someone asks you,...
  6. California City Receives National Grant Funds

    Bank of America Partners With American Forests: $250,000 Grant to Fund Assessment of Urban Forests and Climate Change in Five U.S. Cities   Washington, D.C.; May 1, 2013 — National conservation organization American Forests announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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:  ...
  10. US Forest Service Report Forecasts Next 50 Years

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2012 —A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released today examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources, including water supplies, nationwide during the next 50 years. Significantly, the study shows the potential for significant loss of privately-owned forests to...