1. 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...
  2. USDA Forest Service Chief Visits Oakland

    USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited Oakland on Monday, August 20 to present a check for $181,000 to Oakland ReLeaf to support their Green Street Research, Demonstration and Education Project as well as tree planting and maintenance throughout the city of Oakland.   To see even more pictures of the event, visit California ReLeaf’s Facebook page.
  3. US Forest Service Chief Visits Urban Releaf

    Date: Monday, August 20, 2012, 10:30am – 12:00pm Location: 3268 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, California Hosted by: Urban Releaf Contact: Joann Do, (510) 552-5369 cell, info@urbanreleaf.org   US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will be visiting Oakland on Monday,August 20, 2012 to view Urban Releaf’s greening and community building efforts.   Chief Tidwell will be awarding Urban Releaf with a $181,000 check of USDA Urban Community and Forestry funds to support our Green Street Research, Demonstration and Education Project as well as tree planting and maintenance throughout the city of Oakland.   Speakers for the ceremony include US Forest Service...
  4. Britton Fund Announces 2013 Arbor Week Tour

    Last year, Tree Circus, the Britton Fund, WCISA, California ReLeaf, Sacramento Tree Foundation, Canopy, and the Luther Burbank Experimental Farm and Garden partnered to bring the California Arbor Week Tour to Northern California. The objective of the CA Arbor Week Tour project was simply to celebrate the trees of California, specifically in the Sacramento/Bay Area, and to educate the public on the value of arboriculture. A 10-day tour of engaging TreeCircus shows and Arbor Day celebrations were planned and fully executed. For a detailed description of Tour activities, visit the Britton Fund’s website.   The Britton Fund and California ReLeaf...
  5. TreePeople Starts Citizen Forester Program

    TreePeople, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to planting and preserving the city’s leafy canopy, started a Citizen Arborist program last Saturday.   Thirty-one people signed up to take four-hour courses for seven straight Saturdays in such topics as planting and caring for trees, tree anatomy, pruning, pest and disease management and tree identification.   The summer session is closed, but you can apply for fall and winter sessions at treepeople.org/citizenarborist.   To find a citizen forester program near you, visit our Network Directory.
  6. Green Your Scene with Ross Lynch & Laura Marano

    Ross Lynch and Laura Marano of Disney’s Austin & Ally are connecting kids to nature. Friends for Change will be greening campuses at over 25 Los Angeles schools affecting thousands of students.   The goal? To revitalize urban school settings to grant kids access to greener and healthier learning environments, from learning to capture rainwater to planting fruit trees and educational gardens. TreePeople will be chipping in to help Ross, Laura, and all you amazing Friends for Change in this effort to green our communities.   Join Friends for Change and make a difference in your own backyard. Want to...
  7. Palo Alto Artist Gathers Tree Photos

    One of the last remaining fruit orchards in Silicon Valley inspired photographer Angela Buenning Filo to turn her lens toward trees. Her 2003 visit to an abandoned plum tree orchard, beside the San Jose IBM campus on Cottle Road, led to a monumental project: a three year endeavor photographing each of the 1,737 trees. She explains, “I wanted to map these trees and find a way to hold them in time.” Today, the orchard lives on in Buenning Filo’s meticulously laid out photographic grid of the original trees, on permanent exhibit in San Jose City Hall.   Her latest photographic...
  8. Green Infrastructure Planning Webinar

    Thursday, June 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., EST The Planning for Growth and Open Space Webinar Series presents its third session: “Green Infrastructure Planning: Connecting Partners & Greenspaces”. Join the webinar to explore Green Infrastructure Planning, how local communities can get started, and the role that the Forest Service can play. Guest speakers Kendra Briechle (The Conservation Fund), Karen Firehock (Green Infrastructure Center Inc., Virginia), and Rick LeBrasseur (The Center for Green Infrastructure Design, Utah) will discuss the resources, tools, and training opportunities available to help local communities plan for growth as well as protect valuable greenspaces. Various case studies...
  9. 2012 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference – Submit a Presentation Proposal

    The Call for Proposals is now open for this year’s Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, November 14-16, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. With opportunities for presentations across a broad range of partnership themes and a variety of proposal format options, the program committee is striving to create the most educational, innovative and engaging program yet. Proposals can be submitted online at www.arborday.org/pcf through April 9, 2012.  Email questions about your proposal or call Randy Gordon at 402-473-9617.
  10. 2011 Annual Report

    2011 was a great year for California ReLeaf! We’re proud of our accomplishments and the accomplishments of our ReLeaf Network members. In 2011, we: Supported 17 significant urban forestry projects that provided California with 72,000 workforce hours supporting 140 jobs, Delivered important education to nonprofits and community organizations through our newsletter and annual conference, Sponsored successful legislation designating March 7 – 14 of every year as California Arbor Week, and Joined Network members to support legislation that extended the prevailing wage exception for volunteers through 2016.   Our Network members: Planted over 53,000 trees, Cared for over 122,000 trees, Held...