1. 25th Anniversary Interviews: Andy Trotter

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    Andy Trotter Vice President of Field Operations for West Coast Arborists What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I have been interfacing with various ReLeaf Network groups starting with an Urban Forest Management workshop at San Luis Obispo in the mid 1990’s. When I was president of California Urban Forest Council in 2007, we worked together with leadership from CaUFC, WCISA, and ReLeaf to develop the first United Voices for Healthier Communities Planting Project that involved 30 communities and members from all 3 organizations to complete one of the largest cooperative planting projects in California. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf provides an opportunity for local groups who support trees to learn from and tap into resources of a cooperative statewide umbrella. Over...
  2. Conversation with Eric Oldar

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    Current Position? CDF – State Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator (10 years) – Retired What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Provided yearly State funding support to underwrite CA ReLeaf; funding of personnel, defining scope of work to be accomplished under the contract and providing funding for pass through grants administered by CA ReLeaf to the ReLeaf network on behalf of CDF. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? CA ReLeaf lifted a great burden off my shoulders as State Coordinator providing for the needs of a growing network of local NGO’s focused on community tree issues; planting programs, educational outreach and networking. Best memory or event of California ReLeaf? No single event stands out, but rather the hard work and dedication of ReLeaf’s early organizational...
  3. Conversation with Martha Ozonoff

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    Current Position: Development Officer, UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Network member (TreeDavis): 1993 – 2000 Network Advisory member: 1996 – 2000 Executive Director: 2000 – 2010 Donor: 2010 – present ReLeaf license plate owner: 1998 – present What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? When I worked at TreeDavis, ReLeaf was my mentor organization; providing contacts, networking, connections, funding sources through which TreeDavis’s work was able to be accomplished. Pillars of the industry became my colleagues. This whole experience shaped the beginning of my career for which I have immense gratitude. Working as staff at ReLeaf took my career to a whole new different level. I learned about advocacy and working with government agencies. I went...
  4. Conversation with John Melvin

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    Current Position: State Urban Forester, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Regional Urban Forester– 2002-06 (so, CA), 2006-09 (N CA), providing network technical support State Urban Forester – 2009 -to present, working with ReLeaf on statewide issues, managing the expectations of USFS volunteer contract. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf serves as a successful way to disseminate pertinent information on Urban Forestry through the local nonprofit organizations. ReLeaf works with stakeholders on statewide issues. And, ReLeaf, participates in state grant programs and allows small grants to become possible. Best memory or event of California ReLeaf? The evolution of California Arbor Week is one of my favorite successes of California ReLeaf. California Arbor Week has become...
  5. Interview with Elisabeth Hoskins

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    Current Position? Retired from California ReLeaf What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Staff: 1997 – 2003, Grant Coordinator 2003 – 2007, Network Coordinator (1998 worked in Costa Mesa office with Genevieve) What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? Privilege to meet amazing people all over CA who really care about clean air, clean water, the environment in general. Amazing bunch of people who didn’t just talk about things, they did things!! They had courage; courage to write a grant application, to pursue funding, and to complete a project – even if they had never done it before. As a result, trees get planted with the help of lots of community volunteers, habitats get restored, educational tree workshops are held, etc. etc. and in the process...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...