1. Conversation with Susan Stiltz

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    Current Position: Owner, Susan Stiltz Landscape Design & Consulting What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I worked at Tree Fresno from April 1991 to June 2005.  California ReLeaf and Tree Fresno grew up together and I relied on advice and financial grant support for our projects and development. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf was instrumental in the success of Tree Fresno because it gave us the guidance, technical advice and financial support that we so desperately needed when we were starting. Best memory or event of California ReLeaf? My best memory is receiving grants from California ReLeaf to plant trees. It was such a blessing to have that funding when we struggled to raise it in the community. I was always...
  2. A conversation with Gordon Piper

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    Current Position: Founder of North Hills Landscape Committee in 1979. In 1991, after the Oakland Hills Firestorm, this changed to the Oakland Landscape Committee our greening projects expanded to places all over Oakland that were impacted by the Firestorm. Currently I am the Chair of the Oakland Landscape Committee. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? The Oakland Landscape Committee first joined California ReLeaf as the North Hills Landscape Committee in 1991. We have been a long-term affiliate of California ReLeaf working on tree planting and care, public and park gardens, school gardens and reforestation efforts in our community. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf has been a great partner of our small grassroots greening organization and community-based landscape committee. It was this significant partnership...
  3. Conversation with Jen Scott

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    Current Position: Writer, Community Organizer, and Arborist What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I was on staff at TreePeople where I created and ran the Tree Care Department from 1997-2007. In this position I administered ReLeaf grants for several tree care/education projects in Los Angeles County neighborhoods and schools. I was appointed the TreePeople liaison to California ReLeaf around 2000 and served on the advisory committee from 2003-2005. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? I still treasure the professional and personal relationships I cultivated during the retreats and while on the advisory committee. I think there was an incredible value to the Network retreats and the ability of California ReLeaf to be able to subsidize groups so that they could attend. There was great...
  4. Interview with Dana Karcher

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    Current Position? Market Manager – Western Region, Davey Resource Group What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I worked at Executive Director of the Tree foundation of Kern from 2002 to 2006 and we were a member organization. In my current job at Davey Resource Group, I value what California ReLeaf does to advocate for trees at a state level. I find myself introducing our clients to the world of urban forest nonprofits; bridging the gap among stakeholders, and opening up communication. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? When I went started working for the Tree Foundation of Kern, I thought it was going to be like managing any other nonprofit. I had planted trees with them as a volunteer and understood the importance of...
  5. A Conversation with Felix Posos

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    Current Position: Currently I’m the Director of Digital Production at DGWB Advertising in Santa Ana California. I basically manage the strategy, design and development of websites, facebook apps, mobile apps and email campaigns for clients like Mimi’s Café, Toshiba, Hilton Garden Inn, Yogurtland and Dole. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf (in the form of a timeline)? California ReLeaf Grant Coordinator from 1994 – 1997. I managed the tree planting and urban forestry grant programs funded by CDF, USFS and TPL. This included on-site inspection and participation in various events across the states, reviewing proposals for grants, communicating and coordinating grant awards and managing disbursements. Also produced the summary reports for CDF and the Forest Service showing how the funds were used. What did/does California...
  6. Conversation with Ken Knight

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    Current Position: Executive Director, Goleta Valley Beautiful What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I was a Board member of Goleta Valley Beautiful for 6 years beginning in the mid 1990’s before transitioning to Executive Director in 2001. We have been a member of California ReLeaf since 1992 What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf is like an extended family. You may not see them as often as you like, but when you do, there are warm connections, sharing of past experiences and planning for future events. Best memory or event of California ReLeaf? I liked the annual Network meetings when we would go to college dorms during summers or in between semesters. The atmosphere created a feeling of togetherness. Why is it important that California ReLeaf...
  7. Conversation with Jean Nagy

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    Current Position:/strong> President of Huntington Beach Tree Society (since 1998) What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1998 to present – Network member and Grant recipient. This is an all-volunteer organization. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? ReLeaf educated us on true importance of trees; to both the organization and me. It a place for networking and hatching/building projects and for finding new ideas and approaches. One of HBTS’s main goals is to connect a young person to every tree we plant. ReLeaf has helped us in achieving this goal. ReLeaf grants have funded trees for many of our projects but in particular are the tree for the pocket parks in Huntington Beach that hadn’t had trees since the 1970’s. All our grant-writing skills were...
  8. Interview with Corey Brown

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    Cory Brown, Attorney/Program Officer, Resources Legacy Fund What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? From 1990 to 2000, I directed the Trust for Public Land’s Sacramento office and the Western Region’s government affairs program when CA ReLeaf was a project of TPL.  During the earlier years, I worked closely with CA ReLeaf staff on legislative, funding, and public policy issues.  In the latter years, CA ReLeaf staff reported to me.  Since I left TPL in 2000, I have not worked with CA ReLeaf. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you, personally? Very good organization that helps establish, nourish, provide grants to, and organizes urban forestry groups throughout CA. What is your best memory or event of California ReLeaf? Working with CA ReLeaf staff on a variety of...
  9. Official Press Release: Spanish-language Tree Care Videos Available!

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    Click here for Save Our Water in Spanish! Save Our Water, the U.S. Forest Service, and California ReLeaf have partnered to create two Spanish-language videos that demonstrate how to best care for trees during California’s drought. Proper tree care and water conservation remain important even as California moves into a potentially wet winter due to El Niño conditions. The launch of these videos comes as the state moves forward with the California Climate Investments – projects funded by CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry program which will plant and care for trees in many Latino communities. As California’s environmentally conscientious Latino population becomes more engaged in combating climate change, these videos will help individuals and communities strengthen their collective efforts to protect California’s trees and...
  10. Conversation with Greg McPherson

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    Current Position: Research Forester, Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program, PSW Research Station, USDA Forest Service What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1993 – when I started at Western Center for Urban Forest Research and Education. In 2000 this became the Center for Urban Forest Research. Then in 2010 it was given its current title. My relationship with the ReLeaf network is that they are our bridge to the people that work planting, stewarding, and educating about trees. We are able to pass information on urban forestry to the network. Also, we are a science resource for ReLeaf. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf is a network of organizations that are actively involved in tree planting, tree stewardship, and education; and they...