1. 2011 Annual Report

    2011 was a great year for California ReLeaf! We’re proud of our accomplishments and the accomplishments of our ReLeaf Network members. In 2011, we: Supported 17 significant urban forestry projects that provided California with 72,000 workforce hours supporting 140 jobs, Delivered important education to nonprofits and community organizations through our newsletter and annual conference, Sponsored successful legislation designating March 7 – 14 of every year as California Arbor Week, and Joined Network members to support legislation that extended the prevailing wage exception for volunteers through 2016.   Our Network members: Planted over 53,000 trees, Cared for over 122,000 trees, Held...
  2. Become a Tree Amigo with Our City Forest

    Our City Forest is planning a four-week training program to prepare tree lovers to take their passion one step further by becoming Tree Amigos. One need not be a Tree Amigo to volunteer with the nonprofit organization dedicated to urban forestry, but those who become Tree Amigos serve as mentors for the many volunteers who commit time and energy as a community service to the agency’s many projects. The classes will cover such topics as how to properly plant a tree, how to maintain and care for planted trees, how to raise trees in a nursery, how to identify the...
  3. Learn to Prune Trees the Right Way, Young Tree Care Workshop in Goleta on January 21st

    Keep your trees healthy with proper pruning techniques taught by experienced professionals at a free public workshop.  Goleta Valley Beautiful, California ReLeaf, Santa Barbara Unified School District and the Central Coast Urban Forest Council are among the co-sponsors of a Young Tree Care Workshop on Saturday January 21st from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the San Marcos High School Cafeteria, 4750 Hollister Avenue.   The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in the planting and maintenance of trees in urban landscapes.  The workshop will be taught in an easy to follow format by local and state experts...
  4. Common Vision: A Year in the News

    Common Vision, a ReLeaf Network member, travels around California in two vegetable oil-powered buses to teach children about sustainability, environmental stewardship, and fruit trees. They’re also very successful at getting the news to take notice. Take a look at just a few of the stories broadcasted and published about Common Vision in the past year. Taylor Students Plant Fruit Trees Common Vision Plants Fruit Trees Students Get Tree-Planting Lesson We Love Our Trees Common Vision Comes to Chico  
  5. Governor Brown Signs Volunteer Bill

      Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 587 (Gordon and Furutani) on September 6th, which now extends the current prevailing wage exemption for volunteers through 2017.  This was the priority legislation for the urban forestry community this year, and is essential to preserving the rights of all Californians to donate their time and spirit to a spectrum of resource conservation activities, critical tree care and tree planting projects. California ReLeaf Network groups and their partners provided strong support for this bill throughout the legislative session, which helped make a difference.   Thanks to everyone for making this effort such a huge...
  6. Tree Planting Awards Announced

    Sacramento, CA, September 1, 2011 – California ReLeaf announced today that nine community groups across the state will receive a total of over $50,000 in funding for urban forestry tree-planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2011 Tree-Planting Grant Program.  Individual grants ranged from $3,300 to $7,500.   Virtually every region in the state is represented by these grant recipients that are engaging in a variety of tree-planting projects that will enhance through urban forestry  California communities extending from the city streets of Eureka to underserved areas in Los Angeles County.  “Healthy urban and community forests directly contribute to the economic,...
  7. Study about the motivations of urban forestry volunteers

    A new study, “Examining Volunteer Motivations and Recruitment Strategies For Engagement in Urban Forestry” has been released by Cities and The Environment (CATE). Abstract: Few studies in urban forestry have examined the motivations of urban forestry volunteers. In this research, two social psychological theories (Volunteer Functions Inventory and Volunteer Process Model) are utilized to examine motivations for participating in tree planting activities. The Volunteer Functions Inventory can be used to examine the needs, goals and motivations that individuals seek to fulfill through volunteerism. The Volunteer Process Model sheds light on the antecedents, experiences and consequences of volunteerism at multiple levels...
  8. California Arbor Week

    March 7 – 14 is California Arbor Week.  Urban and community forests play a vital role in our lives.  They filter rainwater and store carbon.  They feed and shelter birds and other wildlife.  They shade and cool our homes and neighborhoods, saving energy.  Maybe best of all, they form a living green canopy, contributing to our health and well-being, raising our quality of life. This March you have a chance to get involved in your own neighborhood forest.  California Arbor Week is a time to plant trees, volunteer in your community, and learn about the forest where you live.  By...
  9. Woodland Tree Foundation

    “You meet wonderful people—good-hearted people—planting trees,” says David Wilkinson, a founder and board president of Woodland Tree Foundation. During its 10 years of operation, the foundation has planted over 2,100 trees in this Tree City USA northwest of Sacramento. Wilkinson is a historian and says Woodland got its name because it grew out of an oak forest. Wilkinson and the foundation want to preserve that heritage. The all-volunteer group works with the city to plant trees downtown and replace aging trees. Twenty years ago, there were almost no trees in the downtown area. In 1990, the city planted three or...