1. 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...
  2. Announcing the 2021 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...
  3. 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
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 2020 Retreat: Online Meditation Resources

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    Resources Recommended by Nikki Insight Meditation Center website Happy Hour, practicing Loving-Kindness meditation, Wednesdays 6-7pm. Every weeknight through May 31st, online on Zoom Free talks and guided meditations on www.AudioDharma.org or on AudioDharma App Note that you can search for talks by different teachers in the dropdown box. In addition to Nikki, Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella do great dharma talks and guided meditations…but plenty of others to check out. Apple Store or Google Store Six week self paced introduction to Mindfulness Meditation See calendar for more online Zoom and YouTube meditations Nikki’s website Some Other Meditation Center Resources: Dharma Seed Online Resources – Insight Meditation & Buddhist Teachings Supported entirely by donations Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center in Woodacre California north of San Francisco:...
  8. Congratulations to our Arbor Week Poster Contest Winners!

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    Big congrats to this year’s Arbor Week Poster Contest winners. Their work represented this year’s theme “Trees Create Cool Communities” with lots of great imagination and information, and we are excited to share them with you. The posters, which were debuted at today’s press conference, will be hung at the California State Capitol for many to enjoy and learn from. Thank you to ALL who submitted, we loved getting to see your hard work and creativity! Big thanks to our Poster Contest sponsors Cal FIRE, US Forest Service, Northrop Grumman, and Edison International. Imagination Award Winner Jenna Morgan Bear River School from Wheatland, CA 5th Grade Winner Joshua Ayala Taylor Street Elementary School from Sacramento, CA 4th Grade Winner Maite Rocha Edgewater Elementary School from...
  9. California Arbor Week Grants

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    Arbor Week Cycle 1 – Sponsored by Edison International California ReLeaf is pleased to announce $40,000 in funding for 2020 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, with support from the USDA Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Awards will range from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications are due Monday, February 17, 2020. To be eligible, projects must be located within the Edison International service area. Click here to see Edison service area in California. For more information about eligibility, please see grant materials below. Arbor Week Grant Materials: Program Announcement Sample Volunteer and Photo Waiver Arbor Week Cycle 2 – Open Statewide...
  10. Article: Fewer trees, more asthma. How Sacramento can improve its canopy and public health

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    We often plant trees as a symbolic gesture. We plant them on Earth Day in honor of clean air and sustainability. We also plant trees to commemorate people and events. But trees do more than provide shade and improve landscapes. They are also critical to public health. In Sacramento, which the American Lung Association named fifth worst U.S. city for air quality and where temperatures increasingly reach triple-digit highs, we must take the importance of trees seriously. An investigation by Sacramento Bee reporter Michael Finch II reveals a vast inequality in Sacramento. Wealthier neighborhoods have a lush canopy of trees while poorer neighborhoods generally lack them. A color-coded map of Sacramento’s tree coverage shows darker shades of green toward the city’s center, in neighborhoods like...