1. Social Equity Grant Program: Request for Proposals

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    The 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2017-18 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. This is the third and final cycle of grants released by California ReLeaf. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses. While there is a focus on supporting projects located in disadvantaged and low-income communities, 65% of the funds will be open to state-wide competition in all communities. Emphasis will be placed on shovel-ready projects. 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Proposals are due by Sunday, October 13, 2019. Application Materials: Informational Overview in English and Spanish Guidelines Application PDF and...
  2. Urban Forestry Victories in the FY 2019 – 20 State Budget

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    California ReLeaf and its long list of policy partners emerged from the 2019 budget debate with a few wins for the urban forestry community, along with several lessons learned that will help inform our efforts moving forward. Please take a few minutes to celebrate these hard-won victories. The FY 2019-20 State Budget signed by Governor Newsom contains nearly $50 million for urban forestry and urban greening, and another $100 million for flood control and environmental mitigation that includes urban forestry as eligible project components. CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is planting more than 100,000 trees across California with support from the California Climate Investments Program. The $10 million Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) appropriation will continue their leadership in this field. Similarly, CAL...
  3. LA Network Retreat

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    2019 Network Retreat at the Cal Endow This year the California ReLeaf Network Retreat was in Downtown Los Angeles at the California Endowment on May 31, 2019. We talk about various issues such as what data you should be collecting about trees, how to connect with urban planners, and community building in disadvantaged communities. Get to know our speakers, sponsors and attendees outlined in the Retreat Packet and the updated agenda. If you did not attend the Retreat and want to check out what we talked about or if you just want a refresher, watch the videos below. Network: Round Robin Introductions Urban Heat Watch & Citizen Science Community Engagement Presentation Slides Connecting the Dots with Urban Planners Presentation Slides Urban Design Planning – Handout...
  4. 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...
  5. 2018 Partners & Community Forestry Conference

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    Panel Talk on Green Gentrification at the 2018 Partners & Community Forestry Conference in Irvine Facilitator: Cindy Blain, Executive Director, California ReLeaf, Sacramento 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 and listen to audio presentation: Green Gentrification Audio Part 1 Green Gentrification Audio Part 2 Green Gentrification PDF Presentation Enrique Huerta, Winifred Curran, and Emi Wang (speakers). Rose Epperson
  6. 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
  7. Global Climate Action Summit

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    Urban Forests for Climate Solutions Affiliated Event On September 11th California ReLeaf along with a coalition of urban forest organizations hosted the Urban Forests for Climate Solutions Affiliated Event as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. Senator Scott Wiener from San Francisco and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia from the Coachella Valley spoke about the importance of investing in our urban forests and how urban trees help us fight climate change. In addition, several urban forests and climate change experts shared their insights about research, policy, funding, innovative solutions, and resources. See the event’s agenda, presentation, and video below. Agenda PDF of the PowerPoint Presentations Video of the Event
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...