Federal Policy Update
No direct update,
Forest Service Regional Update
Forest Service Funding
We have a signed contract to address the intersection of urban forestry and the
Forest Service Research
Sadly for us, Researcher Nora Davis, based at the LA Urban Research Center is moving to New Zealand! A great adventure awaits her and her family but we will miss her excellent contributions.
We are awaiting the signed contract back from CalFire for the Urban Tree Removal and Education Project. Once received we will begin planning that implementation as well.
Draft Strategic Plan is in
State Policy & Advocacy
The legislature goes on recess as of Friday.
CIRCLE Projects (Cap & Trade Funding)
Monitoring only, no update
Sending out text messages to tree recipients to remind them to water along with other tree tidbits;
High-Speed Rail CIRCLE 3.0
Planning is underway for the final Community Canopy Trees for this Fall and the numbers are coming in strong – We have a Story Map here
Cool Parks Program
Ramping up – we have MOUs with eight cities currently, and we are in discussion with five more. 2,500 trees will be planted in disadvantaged neighborhood parks either this Fall or next Spring with follow-up care.
The website is live and final details will be nuanced over the next few days. Deb did a wonderful job! We have raised $23,000 is sponsorship which includes $10k form the Forest Service/CalFire from our current Forest Service grant. I am so happy and appreciative to our sponsors and volunteers. Emina Darakjy, Board member for LA/OC is managing our silent auction donations so please be in touch with her with your contributions!
- Audit – our audit is scheduled for August 26 – 29th the 10 days prior will be all prep!.
- Participating with Drawdown Marin (getting to zero carbon) on a biomass planning committee to evaluate the entire county’s tree canopy: urban and wildlands, as well as each city! Our goal of a local tree group very well may be an outcome of this effort too. We may be able to direct some of our funds from Cool Parks to do a tree planting in San Rafael.
- I’m heading to Sacramento tomorrow for the Invasive Shot Hole Borer meeting at the CA Department of Food & Ag – then to a farewell gathering for Robert Little