Happy New Year. Did you make any of the following new year’s resolutions?

  • be more involved in my community
  • take actions to help the environment and combat climate change
  • join a group that advocates for trees and healthy communities
  • make a career change

If you did, then we have opportunities to help you achieve your resolutions.

The California Urban Forests Council is off to a big start in 2019. Over the winter we’ve been organizing a number of Arbor Day events across the state. We will be getting out across the state to plant trees. There are many opportunities to join us at a tree planting event. You may even wish to become a member of our CA Tree Team.

The CA Tree Team is made up of people who have an interest in Urban Forestry in their community. You can become part of the CA Tree Team by attending a workshop where you will get an idea of what an arborist does. Our upcoming workshops consist of a presentation on trees, tree benefits, urban forestry, our CIRCLE3.0 planting project and opportunities for free trees. This presentation will be followed by a walk around outside with a certified Arborist. If you’re interested in attending a workshop please click on the link for the cities below for more information and to register.

Glendale – 9:00 am, February 16th, 2019

Buena Park – 9:00 am, March 2nd, 2019

Daly City – 9:00 am, March 9th, 2019

Norwalk – 9:00 am, March 23rd, 2019

Our regional councils are hosting a number of workshops and events. For more details see below. These events, like Street Tree Seminar‘s bi-annual education symposium at the beautiful Huntington Gardens in San Marino had a great turn out, even on a day with heavy rain.

A great line up of speakers and topics included:

  • Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Green Cities – Good Health
  • Adam Schwerner, Art and the Urban Forest
  • Matthew Wells, Sustainable Urban Forestry – turning rhetoric into reality
  • Tree ID Challenge: Students vs Professionals
  • Timothy Crothers, Top 10 New Species (and a few old favorites) from Street Trees Recommended for Southern California, 3rd Edition
  • Dr. Su Jin Lee, Effects of Increased Home Size on the Green Cover in Los Angeles County’s Single Family Neighborhoods
  • Shawn Maestretti, and Leigh Adams, Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape

For great events like this, and many others, be sure to look out for next month’s newsletter.

CIRCLE returns this month!

We have partnered up with West Coast Arborists and the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture for the third round of CIRCLE as part of our Invest From the Ground Up campaign! Thanks to CAL FIRE and the California High Speed Rail (HSR) the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions 3.0 (CIRCLE) is working along the HSR corridor with partner cities and non-profits to engage residents in disadvantaged communities, train a CA Tree Team, and plant trees. If you would like to attend an event, please see the CIRCLE 3.0 ARBOR DAY EVENTS section below.

Receive a free tree in the Spring of 2019!

We have trees in one to three-gallon sizes to give away to eligible residents. Do you live in one of the following cities?

Buena Park
South San Francisco
Santa Fe Springs
Daly City

Find out more and reserve your tree now, by clicking on the button “FREE TREE” below.


Career Opportunities

Work for CAL FIRE

Do you have a four-year degree? Are you interested in working in forestry? Take the civil service exam for an opportunity to work for CAL FIRE.
Find out more here.

USDA’s AgDiscovery Program

AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in the agricultural sciences. For those interested in an agricultural career, AgDiscovery is a great way to get started.

Two to four-week internships are available for middle and high school students interested in Ag and natural resource-related careers. The USDA partners with 20 universities across the country for these programs. (The age range and length of the program vary by site).

The only cost to students is the cost of travel before and after the program. Everything else is paid through APHIS.

There are participating universities are in California and Hawaii!

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 2, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Building F
4500 Glenwood Dr,
Riverside, CA

Featured speaker: Cris Falco, Plant Health Care Coordinator with West Coast Arborists (WCA)

Download Event Flyer

RSVP click here.

The seminar is FREE to first 60 registrants with RSVP

San Diego Regional Forests Council: City of Encinitas Urban Forest Wellness…

Join the San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council and get an inside look at how the City of Encinitas has made awesome changes to improve and expand their urban forest management and mitigate pests. This program can serve as a model to other agencies throughout San Diego County.

CEU’s available. $20 covers lunch and goes to support our programs.


Annette Saul, City of Encinitas Parks Operations Manager.

Chris Kallstrand, Dudek Urban Forestry Specialist.

John Ugrob, City of Encinitas Public Works Operations Superintendent, CPM.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11 AM – 1:30 PM

Balboa Park Club
2150 Pan American Road West
Santa Fe Room
San Diego, CA 9210

Cost $20

Tickets available here.

Alive and Thriving, What Determines “Good Soil”

February 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm           

Sacramento Tree Foundation
191 Lathrop Way, Suite F
Sacramento, CA 95815 United States

Presenter: Will Bakx, Principle/ soil scientist, Renewable Sonoma

The Sacramento Regional Chapter present a “Learn at Lunch” event every two months. The educational presentations address topics range from tree care to planning and understanding the management of the regional urban forest. Sessions are free. Lunch is not provided. Please bring your own.

RSVP: [email protected]

Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:30 am –12:30 pm

Building F
4500 Glenwood Dr,
Riverside, CA 92501

Do you know if and when an urban shade tree needs pruning?

Learn about:

  •     selecting high-quality tree nursery stock
  •     factors to consider when selecting different tree species
  •     structural pruning of young trees, so they grow to provide shade and reduce hazards
  •     pruning needs of mature trees, with an outdoor demonstration
  •     safety procedures
  •     how to prevent spreading tree diseases
  •     timing and techniques to avoid hurting nesting birds and wildlife
  •     finding a certified arborist and questions to ask

Featured Speakers:

  •     Raquel Falco, Park Supervisor for City of Glendora
  •     John Huddleston, ISA Master Arborist/Consulting Arborist of Precision Tree Experts

Download Event Flyer

RSVP click here.

The seminar is FREE to first 60 registrants with RSVP

Structural Pruning –
San Diego

Monday, February 25, 2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

San Diego Botanical Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

A workshop focusing on structural pruning of trees hosted by WCISA, For more information and full agenda, click here.

Whether you attended one of the first three outdoor workshops or not, see how tree responded to pruning cuts made three and five years ago. This is the best way to learn to prune by seeing for yourself how the structure is improved with selected pruning cuts in the right position. Mark Chisholm will show us how to efficiently reach the right place; that is the edge of the tree crown. This is the program where you will see trees being pruned and provide input. You will see and touch the latest arborists’ gear allowing you to tackle any job efficiently and effectively. Active participation is expected of attendees. There is ample time to evaluate trees we pruned during the last several years and discuss their response. Additional trees of various sizes will be pruned in the field.

Early Registration (through 2/15/19):

  • $105 – WCISA Member
  • $130 – Non-WCISA Member
  • $55 – Student/Senior

Regular Registration (on or after 2/16/19):

  • $145 – WCISA Member
  • $175 – Non-WCISA Member
  • $55 – Student/Senior


  • 6.25 – CA/CTW/MS
  • 6.25 – BCMA-P


February 23, 2019

City of LA Parks Arbor Day

Morning: Van Nuys / Sherman Oaks Rec Center
14201 Huston Street, Sherman Oaks, 91423
8am – 11am
To register, click here.

Afternoon: Lanark Recreation Center
21816 Lanark Street, Canoga Park, 91304
2pm – 5pm
To register, click here.

March 2, 2019

Cudahy Arbor Day

Cudahy park
Park Ave,
Cudahy, CA 9020
To register, click here.

March 9, 2019

Buena Park Arbor Day

Smith Murphy Park
5290 Cameron Dr,
Buena Park, CA 90621
To register, click here.

March 9, 2019

Covina Arbor Day

New Heart Foursquare Church
380 East Covina Blvd.
Covina, CA 91722
Registration at the Parks & Recreation office,
1250 N. Hollenbeck Ave, Covina
or click here

March 9, 2019

Glendale Arbor Day

Verdugo Park
1621 Canada Blvd,
Glendale, CA 91201
To register, click here.

April 20, 2019

South San Francisco Arbor Day

Paradise Valley Pocket Park
398 B St,
South San Francisco, CA 94080
To register, click here.

April 27, 2019

Daly City Arbor Day

Gellert Park
50 Wembley Drive,
Daly City CA 94015 (parking lot)
To register, click here.

April 27, 2019

Santa Fe Springs Arbor Day

Lake Center Park
11641 Florence Ave,
Santa Fe Springs, CA 9067
To register, click here.

Other News

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