1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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…)...
  5. ReLeaf Network Retreat 2017

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    ReLeaf Network Members Join us for our annual Network Retreat! Download the ReLeaf Network Retreat Agenda Packet (.pdf) Mon May 22 – Reception & Film Screening City of Trees: 6 – 9pm. Film screening will start at 7pm. At The Greenlining Institute, 360 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 Tues May 23 – ReLeaf Network Retreat: 8am – 4pm w/Coffee & Sign In at 7:30am at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House, 568 Bellevue Avenue Oakland 94610 Download Info on Travel Stipends for up-to-date Network members here (.pdf) Thank you to our Sponsors! Become a ReLeaf Retreat Sponsor here! Come for a Very Interactive Retreat – No PowerPoints! May 23 Agenda: 7:30am – Sign In and Coffee 8:00am – Retreat Starts! Network Sharing: Round Robin…on your exciting...
  6. 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
  7. Urban Forest Resource Roundup: Trees in the News & November Learning Opportunities

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    Use AmazonSmile to Support Your City’s Trees While You Shop This Season Help us keep speaking for trees at California’s Capitol! When you shop online this holiday season, use California ReLeaf’s AmazonSmile portal — it’s a little way to make a big difference for California’s trees & communities. Trees in the News Urban trees & public health in The Smithsonian Urban forests author interview in National Geographic City trees saving lives in The Washington Post California trees & drought on NPR Trees & air quality on CityLab USFS and Davey Institute’s Sustainable Urban Forest Guide The FAO’s Guidelines on Urban & Peri-Urban Forestry The USDA PSW Rearch Station’s Technical Manual & Urban Tree Database
  8. It’s All About The Trees!

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    California’s urban forestry community came together in Los Angeles in August to celebrate The Power of Trees. Participants also gave a shout out to supporting Climate Investment Funds for CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Check out the YouTube video here.
  9. The Power of Trees: Building Resilient Communities

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    August 2016 Network Retreat & Power of Trees Conference A huge thanks to our generous partners and sponsors: ReLeat Retreat 8/9/16 | Power of Trees 8/10/16 | Power of Trees 8/11/16 Click here to view the Power of Trees conference brochure! 2016 ReLeaf Network Retreat 8/9/16 Click here to view the Network Retreat Agenda! (.pdf) Session 1: Local Advocacy: From the Elected’s Perspective with Cindy Montañez of TreePeople Session 2: Volunteer Tree Steward Programs: Lessons Learned with Doug Wildman of Friends of the Urban Forest and Gail Church of Tree Musketeers Volunteers and Lessons Learned from FUF (.pdf) Presentation Volunteers at TREE MUSKETEERS Lessons Learned (.pdf) Presentation Session 3: Friendraising in Fundraising with Lupe Solorio of Community Partners Helping You DO GOOD, BETTER. (.pdf) presentation...
  10. Official Press Release: Urban Forestry Project Awards Announced

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    URBAN FORESTRY PROJECT AWARDS ANNOUNCED THAT REDUCE GHGs   Sacramento, CA – California ReLeaf has announced that nine community groups across the state will receive $385,000 in funding for tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Program. Individual grants range from $18,500 to $70,000. The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting projects that will reduce greenhouse gasses (GHGs) and enhance urban forests in severely under resourced communities throughout the state. Each project also contains a significant education component that will engage community members and students and on how trees are critical to supporting climate resilience, clean air and healthy communities. “Strong, sustainable urban forests are critical to California’s efforts to adapt our cities to a changing...