1. Teaming Up for Trees

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has outlined tips for working with professional sports teams on urban forestry projects. They have successfully partnered with the Green Bay Packers (football) and Milwaukee Brewers (baseball) teams to get trees in the ground as well as a lot of wonderful press and associated public awareness. More information and their playbook can be downloaded here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/playbook.html
  2. TreePeople Is Hiring

    TreePeople, a California ReLeaf Network member, is hiring! JOB TITLE: Tree Care Manager REPORTS TO: Forestry Projects Senior Manager SUMMARY: TreePeople’s Forestry Programs inspire, train, and support the residents of the greater Los Angeles area as they implement community-based tree planting and tree care projects where they live, learn, work or play, thereby achieving the Forestry Department goal of 25% canopy coverage. The Tree Care Manager is responsible for the ongoing care and tracking of TreePeople’s urban tree plantings, working with TreePeople’s Forestry Managers and future Tree Care Coordinator team to support Citizen Forestry leaders and other TreePeople volunteers in...
  3. Groundbreaking Partnership: Urban Corps is Now Providing Charter High School Services To CCC

    Urban Corps of San Diego County has partnered with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide charter high school services to members of the CCC’s San Diego Center in National City and the CCC satellite center in Vista. The groundbreaking partnership represents the first time the CCC has partnered with an independent local conservation corps to provide academic services. There are currently 47 CCC students enrolled in Urban Corps Charter School in both National City and Vista location. CCC Director David Muraki and Center Director Victor Avila have both praised the new partnership. “This is only week one but I...
  4. Creative Fundraising Ideas for Network Groups

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  5. California ReLeaf Is Hiring

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT CALIFORNIA ReLEAF Executive Director   California ReLeaf, based in Sacramento, California, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. With a vibrant mission to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests, California ReLeaf is a statewide leader in promoting alliances among nonprofit and community-based groups, individuals, industries, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment. California ReLeaf is the State’s designated Volunteer Coordinator for urban forestry in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL...
  6. Our City Forest Seeks Deputy Director

    OUR CITY FOREST, Silicon Valley’s award-winning urban forestry nonprofit and a California ReLeaf Network member, is seeking an experienced professional to fill the newly created position of DEPUTY DIRECTOR. The position will oversee field-related operations carried out by 4 staff program managers and 25 full-time AmeriCorps service members. Programs and operations under the purview of the Deputy will include project development and contracting, planting and maintenance operations, tree evaluations/inventory programs, and the full-scale community tree nursery.     Our City Forest (OCF) performs valuable community services year-round on behalf of dozens of local agencies and at the request of thousands...
  7. 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...
  8. ED Travel Log: SF Bay Area

    During the last week of May, Acting Executive Director Amelia Oliver traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin planning an exciting event and to meet with current ReLeaf Network members. Here, she shares some of the details of her trip.                                                                              
  9. Andy Lipkis Speaks Up About Water

    Recently, TreePeople‘s founder and Executive Director Andy Lipkis was interviewed by Transition Network about the drought occurring throughout California. In the interview, Andy talks about his past experiences that led to the foundation of one of the most influential environmental organizations in the state. He also talks about how integration between top down and bottom up measures has to happen to design creative solutions to our states water problems. Trees and green environments are a big part of that integrated design.   To read the full interview, click here.