1. A Higher Purpose

      A tree can be many things: an air filter, a playground, a shade structure, a landmark. One of the highest purposes a tree can serve, though, is as a memorial.   Recently, through support from California ReLeaf, the Incredible Edible Community Garden (IECG) was able to plant 50 trees with such a purpose.   On March 23, trees were planted at the California State San Bernardino Veteran Success Center to honor and memorialize veterans past, present, and future. The Veteran Success Center provides programs and services that are unique to the needs of service members, including a room where...
  2. California Needs Urban Forests

    Ask anyone and they’ll most likely tell you they love trees. California’s cities and towns need trees, but not just to beautify the landscape. Trees do so much more!   Click on the infographic below to visit a fully interactive version on our website. The next time someone asks you, “Why trees?” you’ll have some pretty great answers.  
  3. Volunteers Give Valuable Time

    Many of us in the nonprofit world would say that the time volunteers donate to our organizations is priceless. And in practically every way it is.   Each year though, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Independent Sector place a value on the time volunteers donate to charitable causes. Nonprofit organizations can use this amount to quantify the enormous value  their volunteers provide. The estimated national value of volunteer time in 2012 (it’s always a year behind) is $22.14 per hour – up 35 cents from last year. Here in California, the rate is even higher – $24.75 – up...
  4. San Jose’s Trees Boost Economy by $239M Annually

    A recently completed study of San Jose’s urban forest revealed that San Jose is second only to Los Angeles in impervious cover. After mapping San Jose’s trees from the air using lasers, researchers discovered that 58 percent of the city is covered with buildings, asphalt or concrete. And 15.4 percent is covered with trees.   Despite the significant difference in canopy vs. concrete cover, San Jose’s urban forest still manages to boost the city’s economic value by $239 million annually. That’s $5.7 billion over the next 100 years.   Mayor Chuck Reed’s Green Vision plan, meant to plant 100,000 more...
  5. Incredible, Edible Plants Trees with Veterans

    San Bernardino, Ca (March 23, 2013) — The Incredible Edible Community Garden was awarded a California ReLeaf Grant to plant a Veteran’s Tree Garden at Cal State San Bernardino’s Veteran’s Success Center. On March 23rd, as part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Veterans Living Memorial Garden, local veterans helped to plant 15 olive trees. They were planted in three clusters representing each of the five branches of the U.S. military–Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. An additional 35 trees will be planted throughout the campus.   According to Eleanor Torres, Incredible Edible Community Garden board member,...
  6. My Favorite Tree: Gail Church

    To celebrate California Arbor Week, which begins later this week on March 7th, we’ll be bringing you a series of blog posts on the favorite trees of California ReLeaf board and staff members. Today, we hear from Gail Church, Executive Director of Tree Musketeers and a California ReLeaf board member.   Marcie the Marvelous Tree, the first planted by the eight-year-old founders of Tree Musketeers, is a native California Sycamore. Since her planting 26 years ago, she has inspired millions of children around the world to plant and care for trees. Marcie has really lived up to her name becoming...
  7. We’ll Drink to That!

    This year, Barefoot Wineries has created a new wine called “Impressions” to celebrate the work that nonprofits to to strengthen our communities. Each bottle will feature a “Sole of the Year”.   We’re proud to say that the founder of Urban Releaf, a California ReLeaf Network member, is one of those “soles”!   Kemba Shakur founded Urban Releaf in Oakland. Since 1998, they’ve planted more than 15,000 trees. We’re proud to call them members and happy to see urban forestry identified as a great cause to change communities.   Congratulations, Kemba! We know you’ll continue to make a difference in...
  8. California ReLeaf on GuideStar

    GuideStar is an organization that publishes information about nonprofit organizations across the country on www.guidestar.org.   This website is an important tool used by corporate and foundation funders and individual donors to research prospective nonprofit grant-recipients.  Is your nonprofit organization already on GuideStar?  If not, we encourage you to establish a profile.  It’s a simple step that can help your organization stand out to potential funders. California ReLeaf has a GuideStar profile and we’d love your help to make our profile shine!  If you have had positive experiences with California ReLeaf as a Network member, grant recipient, donor, or a supporter, you...
  9. Urban Forestry Grants Awarded

    California ReLeaf announced today that 25 community groups across the state will receive a total of nearly $200,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program.  Individual grants range from $2,700 to $10,000.   The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and severely under-served communities throughout the state.  Each project also contains a significant environmental education component that will increase the visibility of how these projects are critical elements to supporting clean air,...