1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Get your Tree Care Cue Cards!

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    The Urban Tree Foundation has produced a series of “cue cards” with basic information related to various aspects of tree care, including: Tree Planting Tree Quality Tree Training (Pruning) Root Management Structural Pruning Restoring Topped Trees Pruning at Planting These cue cards are also available in Spanish: Plantación de Árboles (Tree Planting) Calidad del Árbol (Tree Quality) Entrenamiento del Árbol (Tree Pruning) Cuidado de las Raíces (Root Management) Restaurando Árboles Desmochados (Restoring Topped Trees) Poda Estructural (Structural Pruning) Podando al Momento De Sembrar (Prunting at Planting) You are welcome to print these cards for your own use. Each of these cue cards is also available as a 3 ½” x 8 ½” laminated card for distribution. Printed Cards are available free of charge to dues...
  7. A Conversation with Gail Church

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    Current Position:Executive Director, Tree Musketeers What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1991 – present, Network group. I was on a steering committee for a National urban forest conference when I met Geni Cross and she recruited us to join the ReLeaf network. I was on the Network Advisory Council when this work dovetailed with ReLeaf’s separation from the Trust for Public Lands. I was on the committee that negotiated the move to National Tree Trust and then on to incorporating ReLeaf as a stand-alone nonprofit organization where I was a founding board member. I am still on the ReLeaf board today. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? As a result of my extensive participation in all of the phases of ReLeaf’s life, the organization...
  8. Conversation with Rick Hawley

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    Current Position: Executive Director, Greenspace – the Cambria Land Trust What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Network group – 1996, year before Cambria retreat. Advisory council – I was involved during the transition when advocacy became part of the Network and was one of the architects in getting ReLeaf positioned for nonprofit incorporation. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? To me ReLeaf means that there are a lot more people out there who think about trees – it’s not just me. It’s California’s tree support network – the folks we rely on. Because of ReLeaf we know that there is tree work getting done all over the state. In every city and town there is the message that trees are important. And trees are...
  9. Conversation with Stephanie Funk

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    Current Position Fitness Instructor for Seniors What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Staff, 1991 to 2000 – started as a temp, Program Assistant, Assistant Director PT Grant writing for TPL/Editor newsletter 2001 – 2004 PT National Tree Trust/ReLeaf team – 2004-2006 What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? Working at ReLeaf was my first real job out of college. On a personal level, this job really shaped how I currently views environmental issues. I learned about environmental awareness and about people and the world. I often felt somewhat removed from the great work of the network. The ReLeaf staff would joke about ‘never getting our hands dirty’, as in, our jobs didn’t involve actually planting trees. Our role was behind the scenes, providing resources and...
  10. Interview with Brian Kempf

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    Current Position? Director, Urban Tree Foundation What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1996 – Marketing the Reddy Stake to the Network 1999 started Urban Tree Foundation in Albany area with Tony Wolcott (Albany) 2000ish to present – Network member 2000 – moved Urban Tree Foundation to Visalia. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? ReLeaf is able to provide different benefits to a diverse collection of nonprofits. Each nonprofit has their own specific set of skills and needs. For me and the Urban Tree Foundation, California ReLeaf’s primary benefit is the lobbying they accomplish. They are paying attention at the capital, day in and day out, for the network groups. They are keeping track of funding and what’s going on in Sacramento. This is a...