1. Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!

    On October 6, 2012, Canopy, a local nonprofit group, and California ReLeaf Network member, dedicated to planting trees for healthier communities, will bring together corporate and community volunteer groups to plant 120 shade and fruit trees. In collaboration with Microsoft Corp., Odwalla Plant-A-Tree, Cal Fire’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, and several foundations, Canopy will help create healthier, greener, and more inviting campuses for more than 500 kids at Brentwood Academy and 350 at Ronald McNair Academy in East Palo Alto.   More than 100 corporate and community volunteers are expected to give a hand at the all-day community tree...
  2. Disney’s Friends for Change Spread Conservation Message

    Disney stars, Ross Lynch and Laura Marano from Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, joined TreePeople—a nonprofit dedicated to growing a sustainable future—to connect kids with nature and create green spaces at San Pedro Elementary School in Los Angeles.   More than 100 local students and Disney VoluntEARS planted 350 trees and gardens at the school. The project was made possible through a $100,000 grant from Disney that will also be used to liven up other campuses and educate more than 20,000 students across Los Angeles about how to green their homes and communities.   As part of Disney’s commitment to protecting the planet for future...
  3. Separating Parks from the Sparks

    All California nonprofits that have supported State Parks over the years in one form or another know the story that sparked a flame which has burned for more than two months.  Unauthorized vacation buyouts approved by a State Parks deputy director with a string of criminal convictions.  $54 million in “surplus” funds surface shortly thereafter unreported for more than a decade.  And both occurring within a state department that has been charged with protecting our 278 state-park system as budget woes bring 70 park closures dangerously close to reality.   And the sentiments shared by this large community of urban...
  4. Ready, Set, Count!

        During the week of September 30 – October 7, tree lovers across San Francisco and throughout the Capital region will join together to help map the trees of our great cities in the First Annual Great Tree Count! For San Francisco residents and visitors: Log on and add or update trees on the San Francisco Urban Forest Map. For visitors and residents in the six counties of the Sacramento region: Log on and add or update trees on the GreenprintMaps. Why, you might reasonably ask? Well, knowledge of the urban forest — where the trees are, what species are represented, how...
  5. USDA Forest Service Chief Visits Oakland

    USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited Oakland on Monday, August 20 to present a check for $181,000 to Oakland ReLeaf to support their Green Street Research, Demonstration and Education Project as well as tree planting and maintenance throughout the city of Oakland.   To see even more pictures of the event, visit California ReLeaf’s Facebook page.
  6. 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.
  7. Benicia Branches Out to Improve Air Quality

    Understanding And Valuing Benicia’s Urban Forest Jeanne Steinmann Before the gold rush in 1850, Benicia’s hills and flats made for a rather barren landscape. In 1855, humorist George H. Derby, an army Lieutenant, is reported to have liked the people of Benicia, but not the place, as it was “not yet paradise” due to the lack of trees. The dearth of trees is also well documented through old photographs and written records. Our landscape has changed dramatically with the planting of many trees over the past 160 years. In 2004, the City began taking a serious look at the care...
  8. Urban ReLeaf Featured on NBC Nightly News

    One of our ReLeaf Network members, Urban ReLeaf in Oakland, was featured on the NBC Nightly News last night. Check out the great work that Kemba and Greg are doing in their city! Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  9. Park Renaming Honors Long-time Tree Volunteer

    Next month, Fallbrook Village Association will rename  its Beech Street Park as Jackie Heyneman Park. Jackie, a long-time volunteer with Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s Save Our Forest Committee, is being honored for her outstanding community service. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 5th at the park. Congratulations, Jackie, and thank you for your years of service to trees and your community!