1. Silence Isn’t Golden

    Over the next month, community groups and ReLeaf Network members across California have an opportunity to comment on two important issues. They are the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM); and the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Urban Forest Project Protocols. To date, these efforts have been fairly non-profitable for urban forestry groups working daily to green our golden state, but with guidance from stakeholders they could prove to be beneficial.   In March, 2014, Governor Brown and the Legislature directed DWR to expedite the solicitation and award of $200 million in IRWM funding to...
  2. New Tree Tracking App and Webinar

    Plan-It Geo is officially releasing a new tree inventory app under “PG Online”, a web/mobile solutions service, titled the Tree Tracker Inventory App, and doing a promotion where the tool will be free the last 2 weeks of April for communities to map / inventory / track the trees planted during Earth Day. A no-cost webinar next Tuesday, April 9th will kick things off.  There’s a giveaway for a chance to win a 1-yr subscription of the inventory app (an $850 value)!   • Plan-It Geo is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, April 9th (2pm ET / 11am PT)...
  3. TreePeople Starts Citizen Forester Program

    TreePeople, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to planting and preserving the city’s leafy canopy, started a Citizen Arborist program last Saturday.   Thirty-one people signed up to take four-hour courses for seven straight Saturdays in such topics as planting and caring for trees, tree anatomy, pruning, pest and disease management and tree identification.   The summer session is closed, but you can apply for fall and winter sessions at treepeople.org/citizenarborist.   To find a citizen forester program near you, visit our Network Directory.
  4. Innovative School Tree Policy Leads the Nation

    PALO ALTO – On June 14, 2011, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) adopted one of the very first School District Board of Education Policies on Trees in California. The Tree Policy was developed by members from the District’s Sustainable Schools Committee, District Staff, and Canopy, a local urban forestry nonprofit based in Palo Alto. The President of the Board of Education, Melissa Baten Caswell says: “We value the trees on our school campuses as an important part of creating a healthy and sustainable environment for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Our thanks go out to everyone who...
  5. Grafting fruit trees can be simple

    Luther Burbank, the famed experimental horticulturalist, called it making old trees young again. But even for novices, fruit tree grafting is alluringly simple: a dormant branch or twig – a scion – is spliced onto a compatible, dormant fruit tree. If after several weeks the graft takes, then within a few seasons, the scion begins producing fruit identical to that grown on its original parent.  To read the full story, click here. Gaffikin, Brigid. “Grafting fruit trees can be simple” San Francisco Chronicle (13 Feb. 2011. 26 Feb. 2011)
  6. Tree Foundation of Kern’s Citizen Forester Program

    Melissa Iger and Ron Combs of the Tree Foundation of Kern have worked to design a program outline for teaching Citizen Foresters to help volunteers at plantings as well as homeowners, tree workers or anyone who is interested in trees. For years, they have held Citizen Forester classes, but have worked without guidelines. Now that they’ve developed them, the foundation want to share with anyone who would like to offer these types of classes. “It’s easier than reinventing the wheel,” says Iger, Tree Foundation of Kern’s Executive Director. Please keep in mind that these guidelines may contain site-specific information that...
  7. Urban Forest Managment Plan Toolkit

    The Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit website is now fully functional and ready for general use. The UFMP toolkit is a free online resource designed to help you develop an urban forest management plan for your area of interest, whether it’s a city, campus, business park, or any other urban forest setting. The UFMP website provides a framework for developing a plan and includes many references and examples. A unique feature of the site is that it provides online tools for working collaboratively with a group to develop the plan. Members of a project team can use the online tools...
  8. Tree Care Starts Early

    Arboriculture starts in the nursery. The importance of young tree structure both above and below ground has lead to the development of two publications by the Urban Tree Foundation: “Guideline Specifications for Nursery Tree Quality” and “Strategies for Producing High Quality Container Root Systems, Trunks, and Crowns.” These documents represent an effort to combine industry input with the most recent, tested scientific practices to address nursery tree quality and production. “Guideline Specifications for Nursery Tree Quality” provides specifications for selecting and specifying quality nursery trees in California, with a focus on container stock. Key traits of nursery trees are identified and...