1. Changes to UFEI’s Website

    Recently, the Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, better known as UFEI, updated their website. Updates have been made to SelecTree and an Urban Tree Key has been added. The Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute addresses the increasing need for improved management of the urban forests in California. Whether looking for tree selection, tree identification, tree health, urban wood use, urban forest management information or just looking at pictures, their resources can help.
  2. 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...
  3. Changes to Facebook and YouTube

    If your organization uses Facebook or YouTube to reach the masses, then you should know that change is afoot. In March, Facebook will change all accounts to the new “timeline” profile style. Visitors to your organization’s page will see a whole new look. Make sure you’re ahead of the change by making updates to your page now. You can choose to be an early adopter of the timeline status. If you do that, then you can set up your page and be in charge of how everything looks from the start. Otherwise, you’ll be left changing pictures and items that...
  4. What’s a QR Code?

    You’ve probably seen them before – that little black and white square on a magazine ad that looks vaguely like a barcode. It’s a Quick Response code, usually abbreviated QR code. These codes are matrix barcodes initially used by the automotive industry when shipping cars. Since the invention of the smartphone, QR codes have become popular in everyday life because of their fast readability and large storage capacity. They’re typically used to send a user to a website, deliver a text message, or transfer a phone number. How can QR codes help tree planting organizations? QR codes are easy to...
  5. SF Tree Care Turned Over to Property Owners

    Thousands of San Francisco property owners will find themselves in the tree maintenance business now that the city has begun transferring the responsibility for more than 23,000 street trees – and their upkeep costs – to local residents. Starting last week, homeowners across the city found notices taped to the trees outside their front doors announcing that the city’s Department of Public Works won’t be caring for the urban greenery anymore. Read more at the SF Gate website.  
  6. Our City Forest

    Our City Forest is one of 17 organizations statewide selected to receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which is being administered by California ReLeaf. Our City Forest’s mission is to cultivate a green and healthy San José metropolis by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest. The $750,000 grant to this San Jose-based non-profit will implement the initial phase of Our City Forest’s 100K Trees Project — an initiative to plant 100,000 trees throughout the city. Project work includes galvanizing citywide support, providing urban forestry outreach...
  7. New software puts forest ecology in public hands

    The U.S. Forest Service and its partners released this morning the newest version of their free i-Tree software suite, designed to quantify the benefits of trees and assist communities in gaining support and funding for the trees in their parks, schoolyards and neighborhoods. i-Tree v.4, made possible by a public-private partnership, provides urban planners, forest managers, environmental advocates and students is a free tool to measure the ecological and economic value of the trees in their neighborhoods and cities.  The Forest Service and its partners will offer free and easily accessible technical support for the i-Tree suite. “Urban trees are...
  8. Arbor Week Webinar

    Join California ReLeaf and LucyCo Communications as we present a webinar to help your city or organization make the most of your Arbor Week celebration. The webinar will be held Thursday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. Join us for a Webinar on February 3   Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/984155622      Before you log-on to the webinar, please download the Arbor Week Toolkit. We’ll be referencing this document during the call.
  9. Arbor Week Poster Contest

    California ReLeaf announced the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in 3rd-5th grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011. In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded on California ReLeaf’s website. The contest is sponsored...