1. Welcome to Houston Park

    The underserved Houston neighborhood in Visalia had no public gathering places or recreational facilities. The new Houston Neighborhood Park, planted by Urban Tree Foundation in partnership with California ReLeaf, represents the hard work of numerous volunteers from the community coming together to create positive change in their neighborhood. More than...
  2. The Trees Don’t Fall Far from the Apple (Campus)

    We know, that’s not quite how the saying goes, but we thought it was appropriate when we saw the plans for the newest Apple Campus in Cupertino, California.   The building, a mile-long ring with 4-story high glass walls and a roof of solar panels, will look out on a...
  3. Change is Coming to Two California Communities

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very dedicated people in two of California’s largest cities – San Diego and Stockton. It’s been amazing to see both what needs to be accomplished in these cities and how hard these individuals are working to make...
  4. Neighbors Rally at HBTS Event

    On August 24, a few volunteers met to plant ten trees in Burke Park in Huntington Beach. It turned out that the park, surrounded by a residential area, was the perfect spot for the Huntington Beach Tree Society to plant trees and educate volunteers about their importance.   Jean Nagy,...
  5. Partnering to Protect the Bay Area’s Water

    California ReLeaf recently supported the recruitment and training of two interns for The Watershed Project’s Tree Team Project who will act as Richmond Rain to Roots program ambassadors in Richmond’s Iron Triangle and Sante Fe, two low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in the city.   Training for the interns included 20 hours...
  6. Planting Trees Around the World

    TreeMusketeers, a California ReLeaf Network member and kid-led tree planting nonprofit in Los Angeles, has been encouraging kids around the world to plant trees. Their 3×3 Campaign began to get three million trees planted by three million kids to fight global warming.   3 x 3 Campaign arises from the...
  7. San Bernardino Youth Renew Parks and Streets

    Southern California Mountains Foundation’s Urban Youth Tree Corp Project, funded through grants made possible by California ReLeaf, CAL FIRE, and the Environmental Protection Agency, was a very successful and effective effort to engage inner city, at-risk youth in urban tree care at the local parks and on the streets. 324...
  8. Urban Forestry Project Awards Announced

    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Chuck Mills (916) 497-0035   URBAN FORESTRY PROJECT AWARDS ANNOUNCED     Sacramento, CA, July 24, 2013 – California ReLeaf announced today that community groups across the state will receive $34,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf...
  9. Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program Releases Updated Draft Guidelines

    The Strategic Growth Council has released draft guidelines for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program, which offers grants to cities, counties, and designated regional agencies to promote sustainable community planning and natural resource conservation. This draft includes substantial changes to how applications are assessed.   Below is a...