1. 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:...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. 1st World Forum on Urban Forests

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    California Urban Forests PDF Presentation WFUF 2018 Conference Program Haydi Danielson, California ReLeaf Board Member, talking about equity. Cindy Blain, of California ReLeaf, discussing urban forest supporter in Sacramento by Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and Eduardo Garcia. Cindy, giving a shout-out to our nontraditional partners involved in advocating for urban forestry funding and policy.