1. Urban Forestry Victories in the FY 2019 – 20 State Budget

    California ReLeaf and its long list of policy partners emerged from the 2019 budget debate with a few wins for the urban forestry community, along with several lessons learned that will help inform our efforts moving forward. Please take a few minutes to celebrate these hard-won victories. The FY 2019-20 State Budget signed by Governor Newsom contains nearly $50 million for urban forestry and urban greening, and another $100 million for flood control and environmental mitigation that includes urban forestry as eligible project components. CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is planting more than 100,000 trees across California with...
  2. 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...
  3. What a Difference a Year Makes!

    By Jim Clark Welcome 2015! On New Year’s Eve, I took a break from my near constant holiday partying to reflect on California ReLeaf’s year. We started 2014 with the resignation of Joe Liszewski, our executive director. And we knew that long-time manager of budgets and finance, Kathleen Farren, would be leaving in July. That’s 50% staff turnover! We were fortunate to have Amelia Oliver step-up and in as interim Executive Director while we searched for a new one. And of course, the search took longer than we planned. But the result was awesome and Cindy Blain joined California ReLeaf...
  4. 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...
  5. A Crucial Component

    an interview with Sandra Macias Retired – Urban & Community Forestry Manager, USFS Pacific Southwest Region What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? From 1999 to 2014, I served as the liaison between California ReLeaf and the US Forest Service. During that time, I advocated for California ReLeaf at the Forest Service level in regards to federal funding and supported education efforts to ReLeaf and the entire Network. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf is a crucial component of a federally mandated State program that requires a support system for nonprofit and community grassroots efforts. It maintains and...
  6. TreePeople Names New CEO

    Technology Entrepreneur Andy Vought named CEO will work alongside founder Andy Lipkis as TreePeople launches its ambitious new campaign to create a sustainable Los Angeles. Kim Freed named Chief Development Officer. NOVEMBER 10, 2014 – LOS ANGELES – TreePeople is pleased to announce that Andy Vought has joined the organization as CEO and will work alongside President and Founder Andy Lipkis as we roll out our emergency campaign to insure that Los Angeles builds the nature based green infrastructure we need to face a hotter, drier future. It was also announced that Kim Freed has joined as Chief Development Officer....
  7. 25th Anniversary Reunion Recap

    On October 11, 2014, a small, but enthusiastic crowd gathered in San Jose to celebrate California ReLeaf’s 25th Anniversary. The reunion brought together many of the organization’s supporters, including several past executive directors and founder Isabel Wade.   A special thank you goes to our hostess, Our City Forest Executive Director Rhonda Berry, for sharing her home and hospitality with all of us.  
  8. The Positive Impact of the Magnitude

    Over the past 25 years, California ReLeaf has been assisted, led, and championed by many incredible people. At the beginning of 2014, Amelia Oliver interviewed many of those people who made the most impact during California ReLeaf’s early years. Andy Lipkis Founder and President, TreePeople TreePeople started their work in 1970 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1973. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? My relationship with California ReLeaf started when I met Isabel Wade in 1970. Isabel was interested in community-based urban forestry and she and I started pulling stuff together. We attended the 1978 National Urban Forest Conference...
  9. California ReLeaf Welcomes Cindy Blain as New Executive Director

    Sacramento, Calif. – The California ReLeaf Board of Directors is proud to welcome Cindy Blain as the new executive director. Ms. Blain will lead the organization in its efforts to empower grassroots organizations and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. She brings a wealth of expertise to California ReLeaf with over eight years of experience in environmental and urban forest nonprofits and a decade in marketing and operations.   “The staff and Board are very pleased to welcome Cindy” said Jim Clark, Chair of the California ReLeaf Board. “We look forward to working...