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. Neighbors Rally at HBTS Event

    On August 24, a few volunteers met to plant ten trees in Burke Park in Huntington Beach. It turned out that the park, surrounded by a residential area, was the perfect spot for the Huntington Beach Tree Society to plant trees and educate volunteers about their importance.   Jean Nagy, the Tree Society’s Executive Director, explained, “When volunteers started planting early that morning, it seemed like the neighbors could not stay in their homes. So many of them just had to give a helping hand.”   The homeowners were thankful for the work done to beautify the park. What they...
  3. San Bernardino Youth Renew Parks and Streets

    Southern California Mountains Foundation’s Urban Youth Tree Corp Project, funded through grants made possible by California ReLeaf, CAL FIRE, and the Environmental Protection Agency, was a very successful and effective effort to engage inner city, at-risk youth in urban tree care at the local parks and on the streets. 324 youths were recruited and trained through 32 environmental education, tree care, and urban forestry workshops through the project.   The focal point of the project was tree care and field education and experience for the Urban Conservation Corps (UCC). The Southern California Mountains Foundation provides a workforce development program that...
  4. Urban Forestry Project Awards Announced

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Chuck Mills (916) 497-0035   URBAN FORESTRY PROJECT AWARDS ANNOUNCED     Sacramento, CA, July 24, 2013 – California ReLeaf announced today that community groups across the state will receive $34,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2013 Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program.  Individual grants range from $1,600 to $5,000.   The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and severely underserved communities throughout the state.  Each project also contains...
  5. Inspiring Environmental Educator

    When California ReLeaf was awarded funding through the EPA’s Environmental Education Sub-Grant Program, the organization started looking for an environmental educator to work with us to develop grant guidelines and review grants proposals. ReLeaf was lucky enough to find Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro.   Since beginning its work with Rue last year, California ReLeaf has awarded grants to 25 nonprofit and community tree-planting groups throughout the state. Another nearly $40,000 is currently available to fund projects that create opportunities for environmental education through tree planting and tree care.   Rue Mapp has been a wonderful adviser to California...
  6. Urban Forestry Grants Awarded

    California ReLeaf announced today that 25 community groups across the state will receive a total of nearly $200,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program.  Individual grants range from $2,700 to $10,000.   The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and severely under-served communities throughout the state.  Each project also contains a significant environmental education component that will increase the visibility of how these projects are critical elements to supporting clean air,...
  7. California ReLeaf Wins Bid for Federal Environmental Education Grant

    Nearly $100,000 in competitive subgrants will be available for California communities SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $150,000 to California ReLeaf, a nonprofit organization based in Sacramento, Calif., aimed at enhancing environmental education. ReLeaf’s mission is to empower grassroots efforts to preserve and protect California’s urban and community forests. California ReLeaf will announce a solicitation for their small grant program in August 2012, and after a review process, will award up to $5,000 to each qualified organization. Eligible applicants include any local educational institutions, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. “These...