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. Lessons Learned in Pennsylvania

    By Keith McAleer   It was a pleasure to represent Tree Davis at this year’s Partners in Community Forestry National Conference in Pittsburgh (a big thank you to California ReLeaf for making my attendance possible!).  The annual Partners conference is a unique opportunity for non-profits, arborists, public agencies, scientists and...
  3. Connecting, Sharing, and Learning – Be Active in Your Networks

    By Joe Liszewski   Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to attend and participate in several conferences and meetings, most notably the National Partners in Community Forestry Conference and the California Association of Nonprofits Annual Policy Convention.  These meetings were an opportunity to connect and learn from...
  4. Ready your Crayons! Pick up your Cameras! Plant a Tree!

    California Arbor Week Contests Highlight the Importance of Trees   Sacramento, Calif. – Two statewide contests are being held to celebrate California Arbor Week, March 7-14, a statewide celebration of trees. These contests are designed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the trees and forests in the communities where...
  5. 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...
  6. California ReLeaf Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit

    CALIFORNIA RELEAF HONORED AS 2013 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews   Sacramento, California, November 1, 2013 – California ReLeaf announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.  ...
  7. A New Era for EEMP

    California’s popular Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) was funded at $7 million in the 2013-14 State Budget through legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.  This is the only statewide local assistance funding for urban forestry for this fiscal year.   While the reinstatement of EEMP funding certainly comes...
  8. California’s Water – Where does urban forestry fit in?

    I sometimes wonder how urban forestry can create and maintain a strong and resilient presence in such large-scale state issues such as improving California’s air and water quality.  This is especially true when specific topics surface at the State Legislature such as AB 32 implementation and the 2014 water bond....
  9. 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...