1. Make a Difference Day

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    Make A Difference Day is this Saturday, October 24! Some of our ReLeaf Network Members and partners are doing some pretty cool activities to make a difference in their communities. Are you making a difference in the world around you this week? Email info@californiareleaf.org to add your event to our list! Tree Musketeers Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. Here in El Segundo, Tree Musketeers like to dedicate this time to tree care for our local trees in preparation for planting season! The event will run October 24th 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and this live feed will start promptly at 9:20 AM. Tune in to see the work we are doing in the community! Stay Tuned! Video stream will...
  2. ReLeaf Network Leadership Workshop

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    Diversity in the Conservation Movement, Growing Community Leadership, Driving the Urban Forest Drought Message, and more! Leadership Workshop Agenda Session 1: Welcome & Introductions with California ReLeaf Board President Jim Clark and Executive Director Cindy Blain Session 2: “Diversifying the Conservation Movement: Approaches for Equity & Inclusion through Story & Culture” with Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors Session 3:“Growing Community Leadership & Engagement with Trees” panel with Alvaro Sanchez (Environmental Equity Director at The Greenlining Institute), Louis Penna (Board Member at The Incredible Edible Community Garden), and Ryan Allen (Environmental Services Manager at Koreatown Youth & Community Center) Session 4: “Save Our Water and Our Trees!” panel with Cindy Blain (Executive Director at California ReLeaf), Rachel Malarich (Directory of Forestry at TreePeople), and Catherine...
  3. Official Press Release: Save Our Water And Our Trees!

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    Save Our Water And Our Trees! Campaign Offers Tips to Help Trees Thrive   Sacramento, CA – California ReLeaf has partnered with Save Our Water and a coalition of urban forest and other concerned organizations to raise awareness on the importance of proper tree care during this historic drought. Save Our Water is California’s official statewide conservation education program. California ReLeaf is a statewide urban forest nonprofit providing support and services to over 90 community nonprofits that plant and care for trees. With potentially millions of urban trees at risk, this campaign focuses on a simple yet urgent message: Save Our Water and Our Trees! The Save Our Water and Our Trees partnership is highlighting tips for both residents and agencies on how to water...
  4. Grants For Groups Getting Kids Outside

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    California Community Forests Foundation (CCFF) is providing small grants to groups working with kids in order to get them outside and learning! “Outdoor Classroom Grants” CCFF is awarding grants of up to $250 to assist in the development of outdoor classrooms or school gardens in California. This grant supports teachers, other educators, and community members working in partnership to develop an outdoor classroom for child use — in particular, projects that demonstrate integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) principles, and that include a plan for long-term sustainability. Click here for the full guidelines and application! “Kids and California’s Oaks” CCFF will award up to ten $500 grants to support schools, agencies, and/or not-for-profit organizations’ plans to involve California’s school-age youth (Pre-K through...
  5. Leading A Legacy: Diversity in Environmental Leadership

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    From our Spring/Summer 2015 California Trees newsletter: By Genoa Barrow Leaves come in a myriad of shapes and shades, but those tasked with protecting and preserving them don’t reflect the same diversity, according to a recent study. “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations, Government Agencies” conducted by Dorceta E. Taylor, Ph. D. of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE) was released in July 2014. It found that while some strides have been made in the past 50 years, most leadership roles in these organizations are still held by white males. Dr. Taylor studied 191 conservation and preservation organizations, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 environmental grant making foundations. Her report also includes information gleaned from confidential...
  6. Don’t You Forget About Me

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    By Chuck Mills, Director, Public Policy & GrantsI know what you’re thinking. How appropriate it is that Chuck obliquely references Simple Minds in his blog’s title. Shouldn’t all of his musings have some dim connotation? Perhaps. But let’s see if you re-think that position after I clarify what I’m really referencing from the onset of this piece. Remember way back in March 2015 when California ReLeaf awarded the last of its sub-grant funds for small Arbor Week projects, and a handful of social equity tree-planting grants? Those 15 projects represented the last of what California ReLeaf held in the sub-grants coffer. Our best chance for keeping this program alive in 2015 and beyond were the two proposals we submitted to CAL FIRE for sub-grant programs...
  7. Another Big Budget Year for Trees!

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    by Chuck Mills I recently learned while watching television – the definitive device for expanding one’s education – that three well-respected dictionaries included alternate definitions of the word literally in 2013 that essentially amount to “being taken figuratively.” This is my reason #827 for not having kids: they will speak jibberish if adhering to the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Merriam-Webster. But I digress. I raise this point to emphasize that when I say California’s urban forest stakeholders literally had no state funding two years ago, I’m going old school on y’all. Not very long ago, CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program was tapped out of bond funds. Urban Streams funds allocated in 2012 were put on the back burner. And the fate of...
  8. Job Opening: Tree Care Manager at TreePeople

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    Know any blossoming urban forest leaders? TreePeople, one California ReLeaf’s largest Network Members, is hiring! Click here to learn more about TreePeople. JOB TITLE: Tree Care Manager REPORTS TO: Forestry Projects Senior Manager SUMMARY: TreePeople’s Forestry Programs inspire, train, and support the residents of the greater Los Angeles area as they implement community-based tree planting and tree care projects where they live, learn, work or play, thereby achieving the Forestry Department goal of 25% canopy coverage. The Tree Care Manager is responsible for the ongoing care and tracking of TreePeople’s urban tree plantings, working with TreePeople’s Forestry Managers and future Tree Care Coordinator team to support Citizen Forestry leaders and other TreePeople volunteers in the proper care of trees to ensure their survival. ESSENTIAL JOB...
  9. MLK Day of Service: An Opportunity for Environmental Justice

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    By Kevin Jefferson and Eric Arnold, Urban Releaf On this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK DOS), we helped Urban Releaf plant trees on G Street in East Oakland. This is where we’ve been doing a lot of work the past few months. The area needs a lot of help; it’s one of the worst blocks in the city in terms of blight and illegal dumping. And as you might expect, its tree canopy is minimal. We wanted to have our MLK DOS event, which we’ve been doing for the past seven years, here, because this is a day which always brings out a lot of volunteers, and not only did we want the volunteers to bring their positive energy to...