California Arbor Week Tour

Tree Circus is an all age show that communicates the importance of local forest in creative and entertaining ways. This interactive learning experience is touring your state in celebration of this year's Arbor Week, Feb 27 – March 10. 

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Donate to California's Urban Forest

Donate to California Urban Forests Council and California ReLeaf

Your contribution to California Urban Forests Council helps grow healthy California communities by educating others about the benefits of urban forests, engaging leaders in discussions about importance of investing in urban forestry, strengthening statewide urban forestry programs and leading the way to clearer air, safer water, greater beauty and healthier people. To make a donation, click here.


Your contribution to California ReLeaf helps to preserve, protect and enhance California's urban and community forests. Donations strengthen its resources, allowing California ReLeaf to work with organizations throughout the state to plant more trees and educate more people. A donation to California ReLeaf is a gift to the people of California for generations to come. To make a donation, click here.

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  • Check out our great new video on how community trees are helping real-life people!

  • Hello Barbara.  We have a lot of great things going on in California in Urban Forestry these days.  We do, as you have noticed, have issues with improper tree work still.  It is a highly mixed bag when it comes to view trimming.  Some cities allow it, some don't.  My opinion is that the tree is part of the view, and that one should be allowed to plant what they want on their property so long as it causes no physical damage to their neighbor's property.  If you would like to get involved in urban forestry in our state in any way, please let me know.  I can be reached at 

    John Melvin, State Urban Forester

    CA Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection

  • I am a new transplant from Massachusetts where I had been a Tree Warden and have enjoyed the last 18 years as a ISA Certified Arborist. This year I celebrated Arbor Day by attending a great lecture at Tree Of Life Nursery to learn more about California native trees here in southern Orange County. I am stunned by the beauty of the native oaks in natural surroundings. I am saddened by the abusive trees area pruning that surrounds this area for the sake of "the view'.

  • Hello everyone.  I just joined.  I have planted around 100 trees by spending my Harris Poll Hi-Points on them.  Those trees have been planted all over the world.  This is the only way that I can afford to plant trees, and I think it's a pretty good way.

  • Hi Nancy,


    Please give me a call or email me.  (916) 657-2289 or

  • Just joined the group. I represent the City of Walnut Creek Open Space in the Bay Area. We are interested in both partnering with other organizations and providing information on how you can get involved with the Open Space Foundation on their oak habitat restoration work. It's a good group involved in hands-on planting and tree care.

  • Urban Forestry Enthusiasts:


    The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Grant offerings for the current fiscal year have been posted.  You can find the Procedural Guidelines, Requests For Proposals(RFPs), and corresponding concept proposal forms at:  Questions about the grant process and about the documents themselves can be directed to your CAL FIRE Regional Urban Forester.  Each of their contact information and area of responsibility are also available at the link above.


    Request For Proposal Subject Areas:


    Green Trees For The Golden State (urban tree planting) Tree Inventory Urban Forest Management Plan Urban Forest Education Leafing Out (early stage or initial urban forestry project) Leading Edge (innovative urban forestry or urban greening project)


    Please see the RFPs and Procedural Guide for program details.  Concet Proposals are due September 23, 2011.


    John Melvin, State Urban Forester

    CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection

    (916) 657-2289  Office

    (916) 508-2767  Cell

    (916) 653-8957   Fax

    Mailing:  P.O. Box 944246

    Sacramento, CA  94244-2460

    Shipping:  1700 N. Market St., Ste. 105

    Sacramento, CA  95834 ,

    RFP #2817, CUF #101, ISA #WE-5889A


  • Hi everyone!  Welcome to California Grove!  Please feel free to join and start discussions.  I would love to hear from you.
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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is an emergency response and resource protection department. It protects lives, property and natural resources from fire; responds to emergencies of all types; and protects and preserves timberlands, wildlands and urban forests. For more information, click here.

California ReLeaf's mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect and enhance California's urban and community forests. For more information, click here.

The vision of the California Urban Forests Council (CaUFC) is that communities are cleaner, healthier and more prosperous through collaborative action and investments in urban forests and urban greening. For more information, click here.

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