1. Funding for FY 2019-20 State Budget

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    Urban forestry, urban greening, and other natural resources investments gained ground yesterday in the ongoing discussion of project priorities within the next Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Expenditure Plan. In the Assembly Budget Subcommittee for Resources, multiple members pushed back against the Administration’s assertions that urban greening investments would be covered under the Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). Subcommittee Chair Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) quickly observed that urban greening and TCC are very different programs, while simultaneously clarifying that urban forestry and wetlands were left out of the Governor’s Budget. California ReLeaf representative Alfredo Arredondo offered further distinctions between TCC and urban forestry, saying “the $200 million issued to date through TCC…will plant about 10,000 trees.” By way of comparison, Arredondo noted “ the $17 million that...
  2. Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Irvine

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    Panel Talk on Green Gentrification California ReLeaf Executive Director Cindy Blain facilitated a panel about Green Gentrification at this year’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference. You can access the audio of the presentations as well as a PDF of slides below. Thank you to our speakers for a great session! Speakers: Winifred Curran, Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. of Geography, DePaul University, Chicago Enrique Huerta, Community Organizer, From Lot to Spot, Los Angeles Emi Wang, Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute, Oakland Download the presentation materials: Green Gentrification Audio Part 1 Green Gentrification Audio Part 2 Green Gentrification PDF Presentation Enrique Huerta, Winifred Curran, and Emi Wang (speakers). Rose Epperson
  3. Lobby Day and ReLeaf Network Retreat 2018

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    May 2-3, 2018 Sacramento, California May 2nd will be a full day of lobbying. Time and Location: 8:30am – 7pm at the Downtown and Vine – 1200 K Street Suite 8, Sacramento, CA 95814 Lobby Day with your district representatives. Evening reception May 3rd will be the ReLeaf Network Retreat. Time and Location: 9am – 4pm at The California Endowment – 1414 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Recording from Network Retreat: Network: Lobby Day Experiences & Take-Aways Discussion Hosts: Liz Skrzat, City Plans & Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf Re-Oaking California Communities: Native Habitat & Carbon Storage Speaker: Erica Spotswood, San Francisco Estuary Institute Tree Wizard Award: Dr. E. Gregory McPherson Hosts: Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf & Igor Lacan, ReLeaf Board Network Communications: Collectively Communicating Better...
  4. First World Forum on Urban Forests

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    On November 28 to December 1, 2018, the United Nations and partners in Mantova, Italy will host the first World Forum on Urban Forests (UF). This first world forum will bring together cross-sector individuals, such as national and local government, non-governmental organizations, scientists, arborists, urban planners, and architects to have a discussion and learn from one another about urban forests. This is a great opportunity for international networking and exchange expertise. There is still a lot California can learn from other countries. For instance, how we can transform our cities to become more livable and healthier, and there is a lot California can offer. Here are some of the interesting discussion topics that will be covered during the event: The role of trees and forest...
  5. Re-Oaking California

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    Re-oaking your community: 3 ways to bring oaks back to California cities by Erica Spotswood Could restoring native oak trees to cities create a beautiful, functional, and climate-adapted urban forest for our children? In the newly released report “Re-oaking Silicon Valley: Building Vibrant Cities with Nature”, the San Francisco Estuary Institute explores this question. Funded by Google’s Ecology Program, the project is a part of Resilient Silicon Valley, an initiative  developing a scientific foundation to guide investments in regional ecosystem health and resilience. Native oaks can be excellent choices for streets, backyards, and other landscaping. Requiring little water after establishment, oaks can save money by reducing irrigation requirements while sequestering more carbon than most other common urban trees in California. Oaks are also a foundation...
  6. Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists

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    Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists – with the work of Joanna Macy Based on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s books, “The Spiral of the Work that Reconnects” and “Coming back to Life,” Adélàjà Simon and Jen Scott facilitated a session of empowering dyad exercises to help Network members reconnect to their urban forest mission and their own personal sense of empowerment. We broke into groups of two (“dyads”) to talk about the challenges we have been encountering in our line of work. Per Joanna Macy’s model, Adélàjà and Jen provided Open Sentences about urban forest community work and climate change for attendees to complete with a partner. Adélàjà and Jen calmly emphasized letting each partner talk without interruption for the 6 minute timed interval. Six minutes at...
  7. Rotary International to partner with ReLeaf Network Members

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    Rotary Club President Ian Riseley has set a challenge for 2017-18 to help support the environment by planting 1 tree per Rotary Club member by Earth Day 2018. This is a great legacy the Rotary Club can leave to show future generations their support for years to come. California ReLeaf is supporting the Rotary Club in their efforts by providing various District Clubs with information about trees — from tree planting to watering and maintenance. In addition, Rotary Club chapters can work with ReLeaf’s Network of almost 100 organizations throughout the state to plant trees in your local community and develop a maintenance plan.Given the semi-arid climate in California, it is critical that you water and care for young trees, especially in the first 5...
  8. ReLeaf Network Retreat 2017: Overview

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    Hi everyone! Thank you very much for coming to the ReLeaf Network Retreat and doing the hokey-pokey with us – putting your whole selves in and listening intentionally to become visionaries and even better catalysts for change while supporting communities through trees, tree care jobs, and more funding for greener, healthier neighborhoods. Click here to view retreat agenda and below are some photos for your enjoyment! Also, see post below about the exercise we did during the retreat from Jen Scott and Adélàjà Simon on Supporting Ourselves As Community Activist. Supporting Ourselves as Community Activists   Based on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s books, “The Spiral of the Work that Reconnects” and “Coming back to Life,” Adélàjà Simon and Jen Scott facilitated a session of empowering dyad exercises...
  9. How to Use ReLeaf’s Twitter Lists

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    Have you ever used Twitter Lists? Lists are an AMAZING way to filter which tweets you’re scanning. For example, you can click on the ReLeaf Network list (once you’ve subscribed to our list) and then you’ll see only ReLeaf Network member organization posts. A good way to check out any new links to tree and urban forest research as well as cool activities in California’s community forests. Or learn about fundraising in small doses (tweet by tweet) by subscribing to the Philanthropic Education list… To learn how to leverage Twitter Lists, go to: https://support.twitter.com/articles/76460 ReLeaf has the following lists you can subscribe to: https://twitter.com/CalReLeaf/lists Green Jobs: Trees Health Voices Philanthropic Foundations Philanthropic Education Enviro Justice/Diversity ReLeaf Network (are YOU on our Network list? Follow @CalReleaf…)...
  10. Urban Forest Resource Roundup: Network New Year Highlights & January Learning Opportunities

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    California Arbor Week is on its Way! Our poster & video contests for elementary and middle school students are now open! We’ve also published all-new lesson plans and activities for grades 3-8. Learn more here and stay tuned for more details.   Network Member Highlights A gratitude report from our friends at Canopy Some solid 2016 accomplishments at CSET Recent awards for Tree San Diego Awesome partnerships going on at Urban ReLeaf Starting off the year right with LA Conservation Corps Big changes at Common Vision! Meet us at Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Greenprint Summit Did we miss anything? Tell us about it! Funding Opportunities 1/30 RFPs due for Partners for Places Round 10 Grant Cycle 1/31 Deadline for EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program