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. Don’t You Forget About Me

    By Chuck Mills, Director, Public Policy & GrantsI know what you’re thinking. How appropriate it is that Chuck obliquely references Simple Minds in his blog’s title. Shouldn’t all of his musings have some dim connotation? Perhaps. But let’s see if you re-think that position after I clarify what I’m really referencing from the onset of this piece. Remember way back in March 2015 when California ReLeaf awarded the last of its sub-grant funds for small Arbor Week projects, and a handful of social equity tree-planting grants? Those 15 projects represented the last of what California ReLeaf held in the sub-grants...
  3. Another Big Budget Year for Trees!

    by Chuck Mills I recently learned while watching television – the definitive device for expanding one’s education – that three well-respected dictionaries included alternate definitions of the word literally in 2013 that essentially amount to “being taken figuratively.” This is my reason #827 for not having kids: they will speak jibberish if adhering to the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Merriam-Webster. But I digress. I raise this point to emphasize that when I say California’s urban forest stakeholders literally had no state funding two years ago, I’m going old school on y’all. Not very long ago, CAL FIRE’s Urban and...
  4. Teaming Up for Trees

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has outlined tips for working with professional sports teams on urban forestry projects. They have successfully partnered with the Green Bay Packers (football) and Milwaukee Brewers (baseball) teams to get trees in the ground as well as a lot of wonderful press and associated public awareness. More information and their playbook can be downloaded here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/playbook.html
  5. 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...
  6. From the Boston Globe: The City Is an Ecosystem

    The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all What scientists are finding when they treat the urban landscape as an evolving environment of its own By Courtney Humphries Boston Globe Correspondent November 07, 2014 Is a tree trying to survive in the city better off than a tree growing in the forest? The obvious answer would seem to be “no”: City trees face pollution, poor soil, and a root system disrupted by asphalt and pipes. But when ecologists at Boston University took core samples from trees around Eastern Massachusetts, they found a surprise: Boston street trees grow twice as fast...
  7. 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...
  8. City of San Diego Hiring

    The City of San Diego has two vacancies in urban forestry – one for Horticulturalist to implement tree maintenance programs and one for City Forester to develop and lead city-wide urban forestry programs. Horticulturalist Deadline October 8, 2014   DUTIES Plan, coordinate and implement urban forestry, or tree maintenance programs; administer and inspect the work of private contractors; make inspections of public right of way tree conditions to determine work priorities; provide technical horticultural expertise to subordinates, supervisors and other City departments; evaluate and rate the work of subordinates and contractors; and perform other duties as assigned.   EDUCATION: Bachelor’s...
  9. California ReLeaf Is Hiring

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT CALIFORNIA ReLEAF Executive Director   California ReLeaf, based in Sacramento, California, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. With a vibrant mission to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests, California ReLeaf is a statewide leader in promoting alliances among nonprofit and community-based groups, individuals, industries, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment. California ReLeaf is the State’s designated Volunteer Coordinator for urban forestry in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL...
  10. Setting the Stage for 2015

    by Chuck Mills   Now that CAL FIRE has received over $17 million in cap-and-trade auction proceeds to support the Urban and Community Forestry, we must all take to celebrate… for about four months.   This single victory represents a huge win for all of us, but the next battle at the State Capitol could be for the jackpot – an all-in opportunity to secure long-term funding for urban forestry.   Supplemental state budget language (commonly referred to as a trailer bill) that will be signed By Governor Brown in the coming days sets up a long-term funding strategy that...