1. Legislature Makes Arbor Week Official

    California Arbor Week was celebrated from March 7-14 throughout the state this year, and thanks to the help of Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D – Sacramento) will continue to be recognized for years to come. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 (ACR 10) was introduced by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, sponsored by California ReLeaf and passed by both the Assembly and Senate last week to proclaim March 7-14 of each year as California Arbor Week, urging California residents to observe the week with appropriate tree planting activities and programs. “I am proud to have been a part of a tremendously successful California Arbor Week” said Assemblymember...
  2. California Native Plant Week: April 17 – 23

    Californians will be celebrating the very first California Native Plant Week April 17-23, 2011.  The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) hopes to inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of our incredible natural heritage and biological diversity. Join the celebration by conducting an event or exhibit that would help raise awareness about the value of California’s native plants.  Earth Day falls during that week, creating a great opportunity to highlight native plants as a theme for a booth or educational program. CNPS will be creating an online calendar for California Native Plant Week so people can locate events.  To register an...
  3. Assemblymember Roger Dickinson Supports California Arbor Week

    Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, representing the 9th District, introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 (ACR 10) to officially designate March 7-14 as California Arbor Week.  ACR 10 urges California residents to observe March 7-14 each year as California Arbor Week.  Trees are a vital resource to to our communities and serve as an important link with nature for California’s residents.
  4. California Arbor Week

    March 7 – 14 is California Arbor Week.  Urban and community forests play a vital role in our lives.  They filter rainwater and store carbon.  They feed and shelter birds and other wildlife.  They shade and cool our homes and neighborhoods, saving energy.  Maybe best of all, they form a living green canopy, contributing to our health and well-being, raising our quality of life. This March you have a chance to get involved in your own neighborhood forest.  California Arbor Week is a time to plant trees, volunteer in your community, and learn about the forest where you live.  By...
  5. Benicia’s first Heritage Tree

    Benicia is poised to have its first Heritage Tree if City Council approves a Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Commission recommendation. The Benicia Tree Foundation recommended that a Coastal Live Oak in Jenson Park be designated as a Heritage Tree. A nominated tree must meet one of seven criteria to be considered a heritage tree, including historical significance and aesthetic value. Part of the motivation to give the Tree this designation is to promote a tenet of Benicia’s Master Tree Plan.
  6. Statewide Parks Program grant workshops

    The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced dates for technical assistance workshops for the Statewide Parks Program.  This program provides grant funding for the acquisition and development of new parks and rehabilitation or expansion of overused parks. The intent of this program is to provide new recreational opportunities in underserved communities. State Parks will host twelve workshops throughout the state in February, March, and April.  Grant applications are due on July 1, 2011.  Click here for a schedule of all workshops, plus grant guidelines and other important information.
  7. Awards available from the Nature Hills Nursery

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards, which are designed to give national recognition and $5,000 in plants to community groups and organizations that are improving their local environments. The annual award, sponsored by Omaha-based Nature Hills Nursery, will be presented in April 2011 to nonprofit groups and organizations that are literally “greening” their communities, parks, schools and public spaces by planting trees, shrubs and other plants. Applications for the 2011 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards will be accepted nationwide until April 1, 2011. For more information and to apply for the...
  8. Canopy Celebrates Tu Bishvat

    Dozens of families, numerous former mayors of Palo Alto, and Canopy volunteers made up a crowd of about 100 people at Canopy’s annual awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held on Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday for trees, adding a special significance for many of the attendees. Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa planted a Cedar of Lebanon at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center with the help of several children in attendance at the ceremony. In praise of Canopy, Mayor Espinosa said, “Canopy makes sure that hundreds are planted -hundreds more than were cut down – all over...
  9. North East Trees Seeks Executive Director

    Deadline: March 15, 2011 North East Trees (NET) is seeking an experienced, entrepreneurial, visionary leader to fill the position of Executive Director (ED). North East Trees is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization) founded in 1989 by Mr. Scott Wilson. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, our Mission is: “To restore nature’s services in resource challenged communities, through a collaborative resource development, implementation, and stewardship process.” Five Core Programs implement the NET Mission: * Urban Forestry Program. * Parks Design and Build Program. * Watershed Rehabilitation Program. * Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Program. * Community Stewardship Program. OPPORTUNITY Lead, develop and...
  10. Do You Know a Great Place?

    The American Planning Association (APA) is looking for great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces. As part of this initiative, APA needs your help in suggesting places that are great and merit such designation. Now is the chance to suggest your favorite streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces across America, whether they are in your own city or town, in a place you’ve visited, or in a place you otherwise know about. Suggestions received through February 24, 2011, will be considered for Great Places in America designation in 2011. For more information on how to suggest your favorite Great Place, visit APA’s...