1. Congratulations Arbor Week Poster Finalists!

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    This year’s poster contest invited California kids to think creatively about how trees invite them outside. Thank you to all those who participated and submitted posters! Here are four of our finalists: Sarah Luckenbill, 2nd Grade. Davis, CA Zechariah Wahlman, 4th Grade. Palo Cedro, CA Jenna Morgan, 5th Grade. Wheatland, CA. Abby Huffmaster, 1st Grade. Wheatland, CA.
  2. 2021 Treecovery Grant Program

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    Request for Proposals for the 2021 Treecovery Grant Program The 2021 Treecovery Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2018-2019 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. The program is similar to California ReLeaf’s Social Equity Urban Forest Grant Program, but places more emphasis on supporting staff, community rebuilding, and vulnerable populations. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses. While significant focus will be on supporting projects located in disadvantaged and low-income communities, 20% of the funds will be open to state-wide competition in all communities. 2021 Grant Proposals are now due by Sunday, June 20, 2021. Application Materials: Informational Overview...
  3. Congratulations Arbor Week Poster Contest Winners!

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    Happy California Arbor Week! This year’s poster contest invited California kids to think creatively about how trees invite them outside. Thank you to all those who participated and submitted posters! Here are our four award winners: Technique Award: Dagny Tang, 2nd Grade, Palos Verdes Estates Thematic Award: Allison O’Connell, 5th Grade, Porter Ranch Naturalist Award: Ally Rose & Mercy Sprauge, 5th Grade, Redding Imagination Award: Arianna Heredia, 1st Grade, Marysville
  4. Network Renewal 2021

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    Dear Network, Thank you for being a California ReLeaf Network member. Your participation in the Network is incredibly valuable to making our urban forest nonprofit community smarter and stronger. Together we are making our cities greener and healthier for all Californians! It is time to renew Network membership for 2021! Please renew today by providing updated info about your organization and – if you are able – paying dues. Many of you are working remotely or your staff contacts have changed. Your renewal will ensure we have your current contact and program information, so that we can connect with you and connect you to other members and resources. Renew Network Membership Here (online form). The biggest benefit of the ReLeaf Network is being part of...
  5. Arbor Week Grants 2021 [Now Closed]

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    California ReLeaf is pleased to announce $60,000 in funding for 2021 California Arbor Week to celebrate the value of trees for all Californians. This program is brought to you thanks to the partnership of Edison International and San Diego Gas & Electric. Arbor Week celebrations are wonderful community engagement and education events about the importance of trees in promoting community health and combating climate change. Historically, they have provided a great opportunity to engage a wide range of volunteers. 2021 will look different due to COVID-19. We do not expect large gatherings of people this year, but invite those who wish to host a small tree planting project in their communities to apply. This can include distanced plantings, online engagement, or other COVID-safe activities. If...
  6. 2021 Arbor Week Poster Contest

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    Attention Young Artists: Each year California kicks off Arbor Week with a poster contest. California Arbor Week is an annual celebration of trees that always falls on March 7 to 14. Across the State, communities honor trees.You can participate too by thinking about the importance of trees and creatively sharing your love and knowledge of them in a piece of art. Any California youth age 5-12 can submit a poster. The 2021 poster contest theme is Trees Invite Me Outside. We are all sick of being stuck inside. Learning from home is safe, yet it is kind of boring, and being on computers all day gets old. Fortunately, there is a whole world outside your window! Can you see any trees from your window? Do...
  7. Job announcement from Los Angeles Beautification Team

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    From Los Angeles Beautification Team: LABT is a community-based nonprofit who plants and cares for trees across many communities. We are seeking a tree planter. Experienced Tree Planter with general arboriculture knowledge Valid CA Driver’s License with good driving record. Must be able to handle all aspects of tree planting, including preparation, lifting 15 gallon tree and completing tree planning according to Industry standard. Job includes maintaining trucks and watering trees. Good communication skills are a must. Potentially supervise others including volunteers. Rate of pay will commiserate based on experience and skill set. Full and part hours available For more info, contact us at hr@labteam or call 323-962-2163. Send resume to hr@labteam Attn: Sharyn
  8. Tell Us What You Think & Join Our Learn Over Lunch

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    Please Complete Network Surveys These surveys are critical to helping us understand the needs of the Network, develop our programming, share our collective impact, and direct funding and awareness to community groups and nonprofits. Thank you for taking a few minutes to fill out the surveys. Tree Planting & Care Data: We’re looking for the number of trees you planted and cared for, volunteer information, and outreach workshops your organization had this past fiscal year – July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Once you have your annual numbers ready, it should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Only one person per organization needs to complete this survey. Please make sure the appropriate person at your organization has this on their radar. Submit your...
  9. Addressing Racial and Environmental Injustice

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    The brutal and unsettling images that have captured headlines and sparked outrage in populations around the globe this month force us to recognize that, as a nation, we are still failing to guarantee everyone the basic human rights and equality of Dr. King’s Dream and promised in the U.S. Constitution. In fact, it’s a tragic reminder our nation has never guaranteed everyone these basic human rights and equality. California ReLeaf works closely with grassroots and social justice organizations in many marginalized neighborhoods to build stronger, greener, and healthier communities through trees. Seeing the incredible work these partners are doing and the challenges they encounter has helped us understand why we must step outside of what is familiar and lend our voice to support efforts that...
  10. Virtual ReLeaf Network Retreat

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    Thank you, everyone, who attended our Virtual Network Retreat. We hope you had a great time and learned a lot. We loved getting to see your faces and connect with everyone who attended during the breakout sessions. Check out the videos below if you want to watch recordings or were not be able to participate in the Retreat. Please read about our speakers, Retreat agenda, and sponsors in the Retreat Packet. We also want to thank our sponsors CAL FIRE, the US Forest Service, and Edison International. Virtual Tree Climbing Experience Keynote Address: The Power of Story with Katie McCleary Meditation with Nikki Mirghafori See all of Nikki’s resources here New Urban Greening Research with Bill Sullivan Bill’s presentation slides Public Funding Update with Chuck...