1. New Online Tool Estimates Carbon and Energy Impact of Trees

    DAVIS, Calif.— A tree is more than just a landscape design feature. Planting trees on your property can lower energy costs and increase carbon storage, reducing your carbon footprint. A new online tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, and EcoLayers can help residential property owners estimate these tangible benefits.   Using a Google Maps interface, ecoSmart Landscapes (www.ecosmartlandscapes.org) allows homeowners to identify existing trees on their property or select where to place new planned trees; estimate and adjust tree growth based...
  2. i-Tree version 5.0 Now Available

    The i-Tree Team is excited to announce the release of i-Tree version 5.0!  This latest upgrade to the powerful and versatile i-Tree software suite introduces cutting-edge features and adds a variety of enhancements based on user feedback and our own continuing quest to produce the most innovative and accessible tools for urban and community forest assessment, management, and advocacy.   Read more about the new features in the i-Tree suite of tools.   Full article.    
  3. 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.
  4. Santa Monica Registers First Urban Forest Protocol Project

    Congratulations to the City of Santa Monica and Walt Warriner Santa Monica’s Community Forester.  Their submission was accepted as the Climate Action Reserve’s (CAR) first urban forest project!  There is a tremendous opportunity to learn from Walt as the project goes through verification and begins quantifying carbon stored in trees already planted using the new Tree Carbon Calculator.   Check out our newsletter article here for more background information on this topic.
  5. 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...
  6. Goldspotted Oak Borer Found in Fallbrook

    Deadly pest threatens local oak trees; infested firewood transported into other areas are of paramount concern   Thursday, May 24th, 2012 Fallbrook Bonsall Village News Andrea Verdin Staff Writer     Fallbrook’s iconic oaks might be in grave danger of infestation and destruction.   According to Jess Stoffel, vegetation manager for the County of San Diego, the goldspotted oak borer (GSOB), or agrilus coxalis, was first detected in the county in 2004 during a trap survey for invasive tree pests.   “In 2008 this borer was linked to elevated levels of oak mortality ongoing in San Diego County since 2002,”...
  7. 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...
  8. Urban ReLeaf Featured on NBC Nightly News

    One of our ReLeaf Network members, Urban ReLeaf in Oakland, was featured on the NBC Nightly News last night. Check out the great work that Kemba and Greg are doing in their city! Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy