1. Canopy Celebrates Tu Bishvat

    Dozens of families, numerous former mayors of Palo Alto, and Canopy volunteers made up a crowd of about 100 people at Canopy’s annual awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held on Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday for trees, adding a special significance for many of the attendees. Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa planted a Cedar of Lebanon at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center with the help of several children in attendance at the ceremony. In praise of Canopy, Mayor Espinosa said, “Canopy makes sure that hundreds are planted -hundreds more than were cut down – all over...
  2. Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests Task Force

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are seeking nominations from the nation’s urban forestry and natural resource leaders to become part of the task force, Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action. The 24-member task force will draft a set of recommendations outlining a federal roadmap to meet the needs of cities committed to expanding, enhancing and stewarding their natural resources and urban forests. As they craft and advance the recommendations, task force members will apply their knowledge and experience to become high-profile champions of the nation’s urban...
  3. Tree Foundation of Kern’s Citizen Forester Program

    Melissa Iger and Ron Combs of the Tree Foundation of Kern have worked to design a program outline for teaching Citizen Foresters to help volunteers at plantings as well as homeowners, tree workers or anyone who is interested in trees. For years, they have held Citizen Forester classes, but have worked without guidelines. Now that they’ve developed them, the foundation want to share with anyone who would like to offer these types of classes. “It’s easier than reinventing the wheel,” says Iger, Tree Foundation of Kern’s Executive Director. Please keep in mind that these guidelines may contain site-specific information that...
  4. Tree Lodi Helps Green Park

    Tree Lodi is in the middle of its campaign to raise money and supplies to plant 200 trees in DeBenedetti Park in Lodi. It is sending out envelopes asking people to donate money or gardening supplies, like gloves, fertilizer pellets, first aid kits, wheelbarrows, post pounders or a staple guns. The nonprofit is also asking for volunteers to help plant the trees. The organization expects to have the volunteer planting day in the spring, said Joyce Harmon, founder of Tree Lodi. The relatively small organization hopes to raise $20,000 to plant 200 trees in the park. Click here for the...
  5. GreatNonprofits

    Ever wonder what people are saying about your nonprofit? Here’s your chance to find out. GreatNonprofits is a place to find, review, and talk about great — and perhaps not so great — nonprofits. The website was designed so that people could rate and write reviews of nonprofits in their area. GreatNonprofits also serves as a resource for those looking for places to volunteer their time or donate their money. If you operate a nonprofit, be sure to stop by to insure the information on your organization’s page is correct and use the opportunity to proactively seek feedback from your...
  6. Healthy CommuniTrees Planting

    Western Chapter ISA has an exciting volunteer event around the corner – Healthy CommuniTrees will be planting 3300 trees in Fresno, San Diego, and the Central Coast on October 23rd. Certified Arborists are needed as planting supervisors at each site…and will earn 2 CEUs for their efforts! Register by filling out this flyer and submitting it to Mary Pendleton at WCISA by October 9th. For more information or questions, please contact Mary at (415) 571-8616 or visit the United Voices website.
  7. Greater Modesto Tree Foundation

    California ReLeaf Network Member Profile: Greater Modesto Tree Foundation The Greater Modesto Tree Foundation owes its origins to a French photographer who came to town in 1999 wanting to photograph the largest and most unique trees. He had a contract with Fuji Film and had heard about Modesto’s fame as a Tree City. Chuck Gilstrap, who became the foundation’s first president, recalls the story. Gilstrap, then the city’s superintendent of urban forestry, and Peter Cowles, director of public works, took the photographer around to shoot trees. Later when Gilstrap was helping the photographer get ready to leave town, the photographer...
  8. The Value of Volunteers Increases in 2009

    We all know how valuable volunteers are to the nonprofit work done in urban forestry. Many of us would say that volunteers are priceless. But for accounting purposes on many financial forms, grant proposals and annual reports, we have to assign a monetary value to the work volunteers do. Every year the Bureau of Labor Satistics quantifies that value for a non-management, non-agriculutural worker. The Bureau also quantifies hourly wages by occupation that can be used to determine the value of specialed skill. The national estimated dollar value of volunteer services  for 2009 is $20.85 – up 60 cents from last...