1. Urban Forestry Makes History

    By Chuck Mills   On June 15, 2014, the Legislature passed a state budget bill that includes $17.8 million for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program.  Governor Brown is expected to sign this deal.   To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest single-state annual appropriation for urban forestry in US History.   More details will follow, but this much is certain: $15.7 million for projects and grants through the U&CF Program, with $2.1 million to support staffing and administration. Per the statutory requirements of Senate Bill 535, the majority of these funds will benefit disadvantaged...
  2. Lessons Learned in Pennsylvania

    By Keith McAleer   It was a pleasure to represent Tree Davis at this year’s Partners in Community Forestry National Conference in Pittsburgh (a big thank you to California ReLeaf for making my attendance possible!).  The annual Partners conference is a unique opportunity for non-profits, arborists, public agencies, scientists and other tree professionals to come together to network, collaborate, and learn about new research and best practices to bring home to help build more nature into our cities.   I had never been to Pittsburgh before, and was delighted by its beautiful fall color, mountains, rivers and rich history.  The...
  3. Hot Arboriculture – Quench your thirst for knowledge

    Yes, there are trees in the desert!  Arborists in the arid regions of the Western Chapter face unique challenges, as well as sharing concerns that confront all tree care professionals.  This year, attend Hot Arboriculture – Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge and get the latest information on a wide range of cutting-edge topics.  The program will enlighten and entertain you, while expanding your understanding of future opportunities and solutions. So “put on your desert eyes” and enjoy the networking, camaraderie and adventures that the annual conference provides. The desert is at its best before summer’s true sizzle sets in, and...
  4. WCISA Annual Conference: Call for Presentations

    Between climate change and the awakening economy, business is heating up for arborists. WCISA’s 79th Annual Conference wants to explore “hot topics” for arborists. Three tracks covering advanced arboriculture, a focus on palm trees and utility arboriculture offers something for everyone.   If you have expertise in new arboriculture techniques and methods, scientific approaches to tree care, new technology or any other sizzling topics, WCISA wants to hear from you!   Submit your proposal by clicking here.  
  5. Partners in Community Forestry Conference Heads to Sacramento

      The Partners in Community Forestry National Conference Heads to Sacramento, California   Register now and book your room for the 2012 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, November 14-15, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Community forests continue to play an increasingly powerful role in the health and sustainability of our cities, towns and rural landscapes.  The Partners Conference serves as the annual learning and networking opportunity for all who impact community trees and offers diverse presentations on sustainable partnerships and collaboration models.   This year’s event will also feature several affiliated meetings and trainings, including: ACTrees Day by The...
  6. 2011 Conference

    The Conference Join municipal arborists, urban forest managers, landscape design professionals, planners, and non-profits from across California for this unique educational and networking experience in Palo Alto. With a focus on utilizing urban forestry to revitalize California’s communities, participants will leave the conference with tools to improve the areas where the majority of Californian’s live, work and play. We’ll discuss: community revitalization, nontraditional funding sources, best management practices, species selection, tree pruning and much more! The Friday afternoon sessions will include two separate tracks – one specifically for non-profits and another geared towards municipalities. Agenda Thursday, September 15 6:00 p.m....
  7. Emerging Issues Along Urban-Rural Interfaces Conference

    Auburn University’s Center for Forest Sustainability will be hosting its 3rd interdisciplinary conference, “Emerging Issues Along Urban-Rural Interfaces: Linking Science and Society” at the Sheraton Atlanta, April 11-14, 2010. The overarching theme and goal of the conference is linking human dimensions aspects of urban/rural interfaces with ecological aspects of urban/rural interfaces. The Center believes that such linkages offer the promise of new, powerful insights for understanding the forces that shape, and are shaped by, urbanization and offer more encompassing and compelling understanding of the causes and consequences of urbanization-related policies. They seek to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to share current research results...
  8. Tree Musketeers Win Award

    Tree Musketeers was awarded the California Urban Forestry Award for Outstanding Urban Forestry Project of the Year for their “Trees to the Sea” project. The award, given by the California Urban Forests Council, is presented to an organization or community which completed an urban forestry project that: • Addressed two or more environmental or public safety issues • Involved the community and/or other organizations or agencies and • Significantly enhanced the urban forest and livability of the community. Gail Church, Executive Director of Tree Musketeers, describes the project in this way: “Trees to the Sea is a tale of children daring...
  9. Urban Forest Conference a Success

    The 2009 California Urban Forest Conference: “What Now? What Next? A New Direction for Urban and Community Forestry”  was a great success. Over 100 participants filled the conference room in Ventura as Andy Lipkis, President of TreePeople, delivered the keynote address “Engaging Nature and Community for Safe, Healthy and Resilient Cities”. Participants attended sessions detailing innovations, management strategies, and current research and development in urban forestry. Over 25 California ReLeaf Network member groups were represented. The conference was cohosted by the California Urban Forests Council. Presentations will soon be available via this website.