California ReLeaf was founded in 1989 as a program of a large organization. Our executive director, Gail Church, was one of the architects who incorporated it as an independent nonprofit in 2004. Gail has served on its board of directors since holding the offices of secretary, treasurer and president.
The mission of ReLeaf is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect and enhance California’s urban and community forests. California ReLeaf works statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees. California ReLeaf also serves as the State’s volunteer coordinator for urban forestry in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
California ReLeaf’s core programs and services are:
- Administering urban forestry Grants
- Coordinating the California ReLeaf Network, an alliance of urban forestry groups throughout the state
- Monitoring state and federal legislation for opportunities to influence Public Policy on behalf of urban trees
- Providing Assistance and information to individuals and organizations managing urban forests in California communities
- Publishing California Trees, a newsletter that explores current issues in urban forestry
- Co-hosting the annual California Urban Forest Conference, attracting over 150 professionals to hear about current trends in urban forestry
- Coordinating California Arbor Week, California’s annual celebration recognizing the tremendous value trees provide to Growing Happy Communities
Be informed, follow related happenings at the state capital, learn or find a California ReLeaf Network group near you at http://californiareleaf.org/find-a-local-organization .