URBAN RELEAF TEAMS WITH FROM THE GROUND UP TO PLANT 100 TREES IN A DAY

Pioneering Oakland-based urban forest organization Urban Releaf is proud to announce its participation in From The Ground Up’s statewide “Invest From the Ground Up” (IFGU ) tree-planting event, taking place Saturday, February 15, 2014. IFGU will plant over 1,200 trees in total at 19 locations all across California, including San Leandro Boulevard and Fruitvale Ave. …

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URBAN RELEAF TEAMS WITH SERVICE ORGS TO REVITALIZE OAKLAND NEIGHBORHOOD

On February 15, Urban Releaf joined forces with, the Unity Council, the office of Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo, students from Holy Names University, the Girl Scouts, the Original Scraper Bike Team, the East Bay Bike Coalition, the City of Oakland’s Parks and Rec Dept., Cal-FIRE, the U. S. Forest Service, and the Urban Forest …

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URBAN RELEAF TEAMS WITH ILE OMODE AND WO’SE TO PLANT TREES IN EAST OAKLAND

East Oakland, CA is almost like a separate city from Oakland. That’s especially true the further East one goes; past 50th Avenue up until the San Leandro border, the area is known to local residents as the “Deep East.” Here, you don’t see much evidence of the economic renaissance and revitalization which has brought Oakland national …

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ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS JOIN COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR EARTH DAY “GREEN UP DAY OF ACTION”

Urban Releaf, HOPE Collaborative, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), and Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) are among several “green” non-profit and community organizations who have partnered for the “Green Up Day of Action,” to be held April 26, from 10am-2pm at Tassafaronga Park in East Oakland. This year’s Earth Day event …

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URBAN RELEAF RECEIVES TWO AWARDS, STEPS UP ITS POLICY PLATFORM

This Spring has been a busy time for Urban Releaf, with April 2014 being somewhat of a whirlwind month in particular. Thusfar in 2014, Urban Releaf has planted approximately 150 trees! We have been averaging about one tree-planting event a month, including the MLK Day of Service, Arbor Day, and, most recently, Earth Day. These events have allowed Urban …

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CAL-FIRE STAFF TOURS OAKLAND TREES, MEETS URBAN RELEAF STAFF

Last week, several officials from Cal-FIRE, the state’s forestry and fire-prevention department, visited Oakland for a tour hosted by Urban Releaf. The Cal-FIRE team included John Melvin, Glenn Flamik, Darla Mills, Lynnette Short and Jimi Scheid;  All are Regional Urban Foresters (except for John, who is the State Urban Forester). The tour passed through many of the locations …

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G STREET TRANSFORMATION PROJECT IS UNDERWAY

Oakland’s G Street, which runs along a 10-block corridor in-between 82nd and 93rd Avenues, could be a metaphor for a typical flatland neighborhood in the “Deep East.” Decades ago, it housed middle-class, blue-collar residents, mostly African American and Latino, and a mix of industrial businesses and small retailers, like the Supreme butcher shop, which once sold “poultry, …

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MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2015: 200 VOLUNTEERS JOIN URBAN RELEAF TO BEAUTIFY EAST OAKLAND

2015 could be an auspicious year for urban forestry, and so far it’s off to a great start. On January 19, Urban Releaf teamed with service organizations, community organizers, and hundreds of volunteers to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our contribution to the national MLK Day of Service was a beautification effort in …

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MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2016: 275 VOLUNTEERS JOIN RELEAF TO BRING AIR QUALITY TO FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Before the Urban Releaf trucks arrived, folks were already lined up at the site: Americorps,Public Advocates, Smash Berkeley, Next Generation Academy, PG&E, Episcopal Charities, Girl Scouts, Public Allies SVSF, Civicorps, SPUR, Service For Peace, Unity Council,  volunteers and nearby neighbors. Thanks to Assembly member Rob Bonta, Mayor Schaff, and Council Abel Guillen for providing sweat equity.Over 200 free meals were …

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