Extending the Legacy of Trees: Identifying Current Efforts & Future Opportunities

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Extending the Legacy of Trees: Identifying Current Efforts & Future Opportunities

  1. 1. California ReLeaf Network Retreat 2010<br />Extending the Legacy of Trees: Identifying Current Efforts & Future<br />Opportunities in Urban Forestry<br />Connie Gallippi<br />Conservation Strategy Group<br />
  2. 2. Issues: What benefits do urban forests provide? <br />Air Quality/Water Quality Improvement<br />Water supply reliability<br />Jobs – career tracks and job opportunity for Conservation Corps, at risk youth<br />Stimulates economy – “stay and shop longer”<br />Legacy/ego – planting trees fills an ego<br />Wildlife habitat<br />Community building/crime reduction<br />Improves Quality of life/sense of place<br />Raises water table<br />Erosion Control<br />Mitigates flooding from storm water<br />Stress management/ aids healing<br />
  3. 3. Issues: What benefits do urban forests provide? <br />Exercise<br />Property value<br />Energy Savings<br />Noise reduction<br />Traffic calming<br />Oxygen<br />Shade for UV protection, for aquatic environments<br />Global Warming<br />Heat island<br />Beautification<br />Pavement life<br />Attentional restoration<br />Provides a friend<br />Wood products/food/biofuels<br />
  4. 4. Issues: Are we actively working in these areas? <br />Air Quality - CAUFC, City of LA, Tree Musketeers, Benicia Tree Foundation, Air Districts/CARB<br />Climate Change – City of San Rafael, STF, City of Sacramento, Tree Musketeers, Cities/Counties in CAP’s, Calfireinvolved in AB 32, USFS ecosystem services, Urban Forest Protocol, Air Districts/CARB, Resources Agency<br />
  5. 5. Issues: Are we actively working in these areas? <br />Water Quality – TreePeople, Cities for storm water management, Storm water guidelines (SWRCB)/Regional Water Quality Boards, North East Trees, Friends of the Urban Forest, Bay Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition, River Friendly (Sac.)<br />Energy Savings/Conservation – STF, SMUD, Trees for Green LA, SCE grants/partnerships, Roseville Electric, PG&E Pilots, Fed. Climate Change Leg., Municipal Utilities, Home Depot<br />
  6. 6. Issues: Are we actively working in these areas? <br />Storm water/flood retention – TreePeople, SWRCB (developers/storm water fees), Goleta Valley Beautiful, CWSRF, Friend of the “creeks’ (restoration, etc.)<br />Jobs – LACC, North East Trees, Hollywood Beautification, Marin Releaf/Americorps, Tree Musketeers, City of Oakland, Amigos de los Rios, SD Urban Corps, CCC, CSET, Urban ReLeaf, USFS ARRA $, Friends of the Urban Forest, SCAQMD, Our City Forest/Americorps, Goleta Valley Beautiful, USFS - CA Consortiums (Fresno, LA, Nor. CA), USFS Job Corps?<br />Public Health – STF Statewide Obesity Prevention Plan, CDPH, Studies by Wolf, CUFR, Cuo<br />
  7. 7. Partners: Who are our non-traditional partners?<br />Surfrider Foundation, MBAQ, Audubon, Port of Oakland, CDBG’s, Air Districts, Utilities, Hospitals, Business Improvement Districts, Orange County Coast Keeper, Neighborhood Councils, Sac. Assoc. of Realtors, Rec. and Parks, Patagonia, REI, Hewlett Packard Foundation, NRCS, Developers, EJ groups, CEC, Oil Refineries, LA Neighborhood Land Trust, Home Depot, Korea Town Youth Center, Goleta Valley Beautiful/Trans Stops, Community Foundations/ Private Foundations<br />
  8. 8. Partners: Who are the current players and what roles are they filling? <br />
  9. 9. Gaps/Needs: What needs aren’t being met? <br />Need communities to promote value of urban forestry, need to get value of trees into the carbon calculator<br />Dedicated, permanent, sustainable funding source for urban forestry<br />Expand definition of green jobs to include urban forestry<br />Incorporate good landscaping practices (urban forestry, edible gardens, etc.)into housing and community development<br />Education – schooling in urban forestry<br />Influence on nursery industry<br />Organizations to rely on air quality benefits of urban forestry, good air quality research, funding for air quality research, funding through transportation groups<br />Networking between organizations, sharing of information, one stop shopping for urban forestry resources<br />Tap into the public health effort<br />Better communication between local gov’s and nonprofits<br />Links between CAUFC, ISA, and CA Releaf should be clarified – better coordination<br />
  10. 10. Needs: What are the top three priorities for the group to address gaps/needs?<br />Funding barriers - Competing interests, cost/benefit, lack of information, existing sources are difficult to access, politics, need to improve marketing/effective messaging/terminology, LEED currently lacks urban forestry component, appropriate allocation of funds/value/invest in, Cap and Trade?, <br />Green jobs – lack of schooling, post high school employment/transition employment, career info. and opportunity, education curriculum<br />
  11. 11. Needs: What are the barriers or threats to achieving our goals in these areas?<br />
  12. 12. Needs: Do we have somebody within our urban forestry ranks to fill the role? <br />
  13. 13. Opportunities: What new funding opportunities arise from exercise? <br />

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