Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

California Releaf

Connecting People, Trees, and Communities

Sacramento, CA

Mission

California ReLeaf's mission 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 public agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities, public health, and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.

Ruling Year

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Cindy Blain

Main Address

2115 J Street, Ste. 213

Sacramento, CA 95816 USA

Keywords

urban forests, trees, volunteers, environment, social justice, urban and community forestry, arboriculture, urban greening, environmental justice, climate change, global warming, California, urban, tree

EIN

90-0138904

 Number

2253944734

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Urban, Community (S31)

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California's cities and urban residents are already dealing with two of the most health threatening climate change conditions: record-breaking hot temperatures and the resulting higher levels of air pollution. With 95% of Californians living in urban areas, urban forests can have an enormous positive impact on human health and well-being by reducing temperatures through shade and evapotranspiration. Recent research also indicates how urban trees are correlated with lower levels of obesity, stress, and heart disease -- three of the most widespread and costly health conditions threatening our nation. Urban forests play a key role in urban design as an environmental co-determinant of health -- with tremendous potential to be a powerful change agent in growing greener, healthier, and stronger communities.

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California ReLeaf Network

Education and Outreach

Urban Forest Grants

Legislative Monitoring & Advocacy

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California ReLeaf’s primary goal is to advocate, facilitate, and fund the preservation and expansion of strategically located urban forests in all California's cities and towns. Research has clearly shown that trees are critical to the health of urban Californians - especially as climate change escalates extreme heat events. We believe trees are absolutely essential to climate change mitigation AND adaptation. Trees do both: tree mitigate by sequestering carbon while supporting climate adaptation with more resilient neighborhoods which are cooled by the shade and evapotranspiration effects of trees. Our mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. We work statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups and individuals, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.

California ReLeaf advocates for effective urban forest public policy and state funding at the state level with the support of our 90+ member Network. In addition, ReLeaf secures grant funding from foundations and corporate sponsors. California ReLeaf connects urban and community forestry groups through our ReLeaf Network, joining their voices together to provide strong representation statewide and to share best practices and resources among the Network. California ReLeaf empowers Network Members with resources, information, and training opportunities through our Education and Communications program. We also lead the State’s California Arbor Week activities.

California ReLeaf maintains a strong presence at the California Capitol, building coalitions with traditional and non-traditional partners, and aligning urban forestry objectives with other related initiatives in order to create safe, healthy, thriving communities across California. California ReLeaf develops and maintains relationships with its Network groups as a forum to address concerns, meet needs, share resources, and promote the successes and strengths of California’s urban forestry community. In addition, California ReLeaf leverages relationships with technical experts, research scientists, and practitioner partners in order to provide accurate, relevant information, resources, and opportunities to our Network.

California ReLeaf makes progress when: - the incredible value and importance of urban forests in our cities and towns is represented, recognized, and rewarded with policy and funding support at the state and the federal level as well as through corporate foundations. - the voices, needs, and actions of the diverse ReLeaf Network groups are unified in a clear, coherent manner that engages, educates, and informs the public about the benefits of urban trees. - new community groups learn about the enormous impact of urban forests on the health and well-being of their communities and commit to growing greener, healthier, and stronger communities through trees.

Since 2013, California ReLeaf has played a central role in successfully advocating for over $50 million of urban forestry funding to be distributed through Cap & Trade funding to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection -- primarily to under-resourced communities with the lowest urban tree canopy. Through coalition building and education, ReLeaf has advocated for the inclusion of urban forestry funding in related urban grants, such as the Affordable Housing / Sustainable Communities program at the Strategic Growth Council as well as the Caltrans' Active Transportation program. ReLeaf has been a leader in providing technical assistance and incentivizing projects in low income communities of color as well as spearheading social and racial justice training for the urban forest nonprofit community. ReLeaf also promoted jobs for young people in low income areas by securing funds for the urban arborist curriculum at Merritt Community College in Oakland...and beyond.

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Financials

California Releaf

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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