Executive Director’s Report August 2021

Federal Policy Update – Here’s a link to the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition advocacy webpage – this captures all of the letters the coalition has sent to Congress regarding issues and opportunities affecting U&CF.

Forest Service Regional Update – Miranda Hutton and Sherry Hazelhurst from the US Forest Service have recorded a welcome message for our conference. Inspiring!

Forest Service Funding – Reports, both written and financial were submitted to the Forest Service in July, for the first half of 2021.

Forest Service Research – No update.

Cal Fire – We submitted three applications to the CAL FIRE grant program. That’s ambitious, but you don’t know if you don’t try. Cross your fingers!

State Policy & Advocacy  

  • Our co-sponsored bill, with State Senator Anna Caballero, AB347, The California Community & Neighborhood Tree Fund – made it through both the Senate and the Assembly and was signed by Governor Newsom a few weeks ago! No new taxes – CA taxpayers can opt-in and make a donation to the urban forestry fund when they file their tax returns! The funds will go to CAL FIRE U&CF. YAY!

Program Updates

CIRCLE 4.0 Amplifying Urban Forestry

Things are moving forward on plans for the 3/22/2022 statewide tree planting event in 30 cities.

Here are our cities thus far:

Region
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Southern California
Desert
Desert
Desert
Desert
Central Valley/Coast
Central Valley/Coast
Central Valley/Coast
Central Valley/Coast
Central Valley/Coast
Central Valley/Coast
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
Northern California
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Agency
Chino
Rancho Cucamonga
UCSD
Santee
El Cajon
Orange
Paramount
Glendora
Pico Rivera
Glendale
Perris
Palm Springs
Beaumont
Coachella
La Quinta
Merced
Lompoc
Lathrop
Santa Paula
Fillmore
Ventura
Concord
Livermore
Pittsburg
Stockton
Woodland
CSU Sac
Roseville
Newark
Fremont
Community Partner
TBD
Sustainable Claremont
Sustainability Resource Center
Sparc
Teen Center
Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance
Youth Commission
TBD
Pico Rivera Lions Club
Glendale Beautiful
Beautification Sub committee
Gateway East
Interact Club
TBD
TBD
Merced Rotary
TBD
Thrive Church
America in Bloom
TBD
TBD
Markham Regional Arboretum
Church of Latterday Saints
KIWANIS Pittsburg
Puentes
Woodland Tree Foundation
Residence Hall Association
TBD
TBD
TBD
Planting Site
TBD
TBD
Che Café
Prospect Ave / Olive St
TBD
Grijalva Park / Yorba Dog Park
Paramount Park / Progress Park
TBD
Pico Park / Pio Pico
TBD
Creating vacant site list
Desert Highland Park
Stewart Park
TBD
Silver Rock Park
Apple Gate / Joe Herb Park
TBD
Sangalang Park / Slate Street
Barranca Park / Las Piedras Park?
TBD
TBD
TBD
Spring Town Open Space
Santa Fe Linear Park / Columbia Linear Park
Sherwood Park / Oak Park / Louis Park
Spring Lake Park / Some parkways
On Campus
TBD
TBD
TBD
Next Meeting
Vacation
18-Aug
24-Aug
7-Sep
TBD
23-Aug
31-Aug
12-Aug
Recurring meeting
13-Aug
24-Aug
TBD / Medical Leave
11-Aug
TBD
23-Aug
1-Sep
TBD
9-Sep
3rd Monday
TBD
Pending
10-Aug
26-Aug
1-Sep
8-Sep
On vacation
17-Aug
TBD
TBD
TBD

Cool Parks Program – No update.

City Forest Renewal 1.0 – proceeding, no update.

Partner Agency
La Canada Flintridge
Pomona
Santa Ana
Covina
Corona
Upland
Vista
# Removals (Goal 100-150)
29/100
131/131 complete, 119 invoiced
75/100-150, 58 invoiced
176/123 complete, 145 invoiced
220/221
164/164 complete
134/153 98 invoiced
Removals % Invoiced
33%
100%
45%
95%
89%
100%
52%
Replanted Trees
19/200
288/262
236/200-300, 275 AA, 293 city.
165/246, 140-165 *Sandy checking
380/442
241/328
261/306
Next Meeting
TBD
24-Aug
15-Sep
2-Sep
19-Aug
N/A
31-Aug
Policy Status
In progress
CC meeting 9/20
CC meeting 10/4
Review - final draft received
Approved
Approved
Approved
Webinar/WS Date
TBD
Sep
Oct/Nov
TBD
Sep 9, In-person *Tentative
Sep 23, In-Person
TBD
Webinar Next Steps
Confirm date
Confirm date
Confirm date
Confirm date
Confirm date
Monitor registration
Confirm date

Reviewing budget/reporting, some removals/replanted trees not in excel tracker but present in AA or incorrect

  • Pomona – over budget for policy/assessment/UW by $2,400.
  • Upland – over budget for policy/assessment/UW by $5,400 & removals by $675
  • Vista- billed UW to incorrect job#, being revised
  • Agency Updates:
  • LCF – Staff reviewing policy and treemap, on board with language/requirements. Removals to increase monthly. Working on a date for the workshop. Tripepi Smith is following up with the city on CFR participation. UW policy will not be adopted.
  • Corona – Legal reviewing UFMP policy, final version due back to us in August. Policies are being implemented currently. ETA end of July ~ 30 more replantings have been completed.
  • Upland – Completed removals. Replanting is to begin in Oct & ramp up in summer (~150). The workshop moved to 9/23.
  • Pomona – Final draft UFMP received > Will be presented to CC on 9/20
  • Vista – Discussing webinar/workshop internally, will F.U with dates. UW staging at Park – October.
  • Santa Ana – ETAC presentation 9/14, TBD on WCA. attendance/participation. UFMP Going to council 10/4.
  • Covina – Final draft of the UFMP received, headed to planning commission (TBD) then city council (TBD). Workshop – post UFMP finalization. Pending UW photos from John/City on park opening. * Wants to remove more, budget @ $7,515, Sandy discussing internally.
  • Each removal is $45 per inch, ~167 inches of tree removals remaining.

 

Regional Councils Workshops/Webinars:

Council
SDRUFC
SJVUFC
STS (Street Tree Seminar, LA/OC Council)
Bay Area & Sac
IUFC
Contact
Mike, Liz
Mona
Rose
Anne F & Elizabeth L
Nancy S, Diane
WS Date
2/3/21
3/16/21
8/19/21 @ 10:30 am - 12 noon, Virtual
8/25/21 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Virtual
October-TBD
Attendance
73
49
Next Meeting
N/A
N/A
8/16?
8/19
*Committee meeting on 8/11 to choose date, will follow up
Next Steps/W.I.P
N/A
N/A
Adrian Escamilla, City of Ontario, Share flyer, Share ppt – once presenter confirmed, Send summary of event for website
Confirm presenters / approve flyer, Update ppt once presenters confirmed
Flyer created, will share final version when date confirmed, Guest speaker confirmed – Dr. Fred Roth (Foren. Arborist)

City Forest Renewal 2.0 – This grant is now underway with MOU’s with three cities and continued outreach. Tentative partners.

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Partner Agency
Stockton
La Mesa
San Diego Parks
Glendale
Fontana
Claremont
Citrus Heights
OC Parks (County)
Alhambra
Buena Park
Responsive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Intro Meeting
8/16/2021
TBD
8/12/2021
8/9/2021
8/4/2021
8/2/2021
TBD
8/17/2021
TBD
Next Meeting
9/20/2021
9/8/2021
8/23/2021
Notes
Excited!
Would talk to boss first, waiting reply, Sent over PPT to review
Excited!
Excited! Sent MOU
Excited! Sent MOU
Excited! Sent MOU
No reply yet, followed up with contact
DROPPED
Better via phone
Sent email, followed up with a call...

The Intersection Between Wildland Urban Interface and Urban Forestry – This event was postponed and an approach is being thought through, potentially using focus groups instead of large groups, due to COVID-19. We will have a better description for you by the next meeting. Reflecting the changes. Event Title is: Bridging the Gap: Urban Forestry in High Fire Risk Communities – An Urban Forestry Learning Lab.

Prop 1 – California Coastal Conservancy – Our final paperwork is moving to the legal department for final sign-off. Their project management is not entirely focused on understanding our project or making it easy for us to deliver on what they’ve approved for us to do. Hopefully, now we can start to formally move on this.

Regional Councils – It would be fabulous to have the councils submit a monthly report to support our reporting to the Forest Service – here’s the link; we can try again! https://caufc.org/regional-council-report/

2021 Conference – we are in planning stages with The Urban Wood Network – entitled Invest From The Ground Up – Trees First Wood Next, organizing a virtual conference for October 14-15, 2021. We will be bridging urban forestry and climate change and essentially a cradle-to-cradle focus on the UF including end-use planning. The agenda has come together and we should have it available any day. We are beginning to nail down the process and the participants. Volunteers welcomed!

American Forests – the survey questions are being finalized for our grant team to reach out to organizations that offer green-jobs training or would like to expand on that.

Certification – SAF has received a report and is evaluating their position on this. More to follow.

Other

Board member changes – no update.

Updated Employee Handbook – I’ve sent the final edits back to the attorney. Hopefully, I’ll have it for your review next month.

Outreach – lots of outreach going on for the haiku contest, the awards program, drought, and the upcoming conference.

I submitted a supplementary proposal to CAL FIRE/US Forest Service for funding to implement an outreach campaign to city and county leadership and decision-makers regarding healthy urban forests and the reason it is important to maintain trees during drought. – I’ve been told we will hear soon on this.

Board of Directors

Possible Ad Hoc Committees – Nick Harvey’s Cutting boards project; Advertising Guidelines

Strategic Plan Update – final conversation will be had on 8/18/21 board call. The board still has deliverables to address!

Annual Report – in process. We promise!

Be well

Nancy Hughes

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