1. MLK Day of Service: An Opportunity for Environmental Justice

    By Kevin Jefferson and Eric Arnold, Urban Releaf On this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK DOS), we helped Urban Releaf plant trees on G Street in East Oakland. This is where we’ve been doing a lot of work the past few months. The area needs a lot of help; it’s one of the worst blocks in the city in terms of blight and illegal dumping. And as you might expect, its tree canopy is minimal. We wanted to have our MLK DOS event, which we’ve been doing for the past seven years, here, because this...
  2. Meet the Trees in All Policies Speakers

    At the end of February 2014, in both Northern and Southern California, California ReLeaf hosted “Trees in All Policies,” a workshop designed to teach participants how to deliver a message that drives home the importance of healthy urban forests to decision makers. We’re excited about our line up of great speakers and everything that they bring to the conversation surrounding trees, their benefits, and where they fit into local, regional, and statewide policy.   February 25: El Sobrante February 27: Los Angeles   Kris Lev-Twombly Director of Public Policy, California Association of Nonprofits Kris Lev-Twombly is the director of public...
  3. Welcome to Houston Park

    The underserved Houston neighborhood in Visalia had no public gathering places or recreational facilities. The new Houston Neighborhood Park, planted by Urban Tree Foundation in partnership with California ReLeaf, represents the hard work of numerous volunteers from the community coming together to create positive change in their neighborhood. More than 280 volunteers were on hand to make the park opening a success. Children were given an educational presentation about urban forests and the benefits of trees. Over 90 children in attendance were surveyed on their knowledge and opinions of trees. The Houston Neighborhood Park planting event planted 43 trees and...
  4. 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...
  5. Sacramento Tree Foundation Greenprint Workshop

    If you have never had the opportunity to attend one of the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Greenprint Summits, you should really make the effort this year. On January 30, 2014, people from all over the Sacramento region will gather in Citrus Heights for a day of networking, conversation, and collaboration on designing, building, and maintaining a healthy communities. This year’s summit will focus on demonstrating the connections between public health and urban forests.   For more information or to register for this event, click here.    
  6. WCISA Call for Presentations

    The Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA) will be holding its 80th Annual Conference and Trade Show April 5-10, 2014 in Pasadena, CA. WCISA is partnering with the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) to bring a wider base of knowledge and experience to the broad spectrum of membership and attendees. This year’s conference theme is “Cooperative Arboriculture” and will be focusing on the building of partnerships and working with related disciplines. The general sessions will address new research and developments on the benefits of trees and how it impacts public health and the quality of life at the...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Making Urban Forestry Part of California’s Water Conversation

    Water can be a contentious issue in California’s communities. With resources becoming more limited and restrictions increasing, it’s important to make sure that urban forestry finds it’s place as one of the solutions Californians turn to to solve their water problems. Join us on Wednesday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m.-noon to hear from experts in the field and also hear case studies from an organization that has produced superior water conservation programs.   Speakers: Alf Brandt, Principle Consultant, California State Assembly Edith de Guzman, Research & Analysis Manager, TreePeople Deborah Weinstein, Director of Policy, TreePeople