December 2015 Newsletter

Trees in the Ground and Going to Work for Chula Vista and California
Thanks to a great project team, TSD was the very first organization in California to get trees in the ground using CALFIRE Greenhouse Gas Reduction program funding! On November 14th, TSD partnered with the City of Chula Vista and Urban Corps to kick off our CAL FIRE-funded project. Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas led a brief ceremony on the corner of 5th Avenue and E Street, with additional remarks by Chula Vista’s Public Works Department Director Rick Hopkins, TSD Executive Director Laurie Broedling, and CAL FIRE representative Lynnette Short. Then Mayor Salas kicked off the planting of an eventual 900 trees in northwest Chula Vista by planting the first tree! Next volunteers working together with Urban Corps crew members planted more trees along 5th Avenue on public property between the sidewalk and street.
At absolutely no cost to the residents, these trees will sequester carbon (greenhouse gas), increase shade, add beauty, enhance property values, and reduce air pollution and storm water run-off in the neighborhood.
We extend our sincere appreciation for their participation to Sam Oludunfe and Mike Leake (Chula Vista city staff); Sam Lopez, Keir Klingenberg, Roy Jennings and their crew members (Urban Corps); Lynnette Short (CAL FIRE); Lee Ayres (Tree Fresno); Leader Irene Barajas and Gold Scout candidate Mina de la Torre and other representatives (Girl Scout Troop 5912); Founder Miguel Aldrete, Adult advisor, Dave Didonato and other representatives (Kids 4 Our World); and Mike Palat, Tony Endress, Laurie Broedling, Kalli Legakes, Tim Lacey, Bruce Engelbert, Cynthia Irmer, Joaquin Contreras, Sophie Inglis (Tree San Diego).
The event was far more meaningful than simply getting trees in the ground. Those in attendance will attest to the sense of a remarkable public-private partnership with many organizations and individuals collaborating for the long-term success of this new community forest in Chula Vista.

Rancho Santa Fe Tree Planting
In partnership with the Stanford Club and with the Committee on the Natural Environment (CONE) of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, Tree San Diego will add to the urban forest of Rancho Santa by planting 25 trees in a public space in late January. Through this partnership, TSD will reach new audiences of tree supporters in the Greater San Diego area and have the opportunity to educate them about the value of trees and how to plant, maintain, and water them. The trees have been carefully selected with the overall aim of aiding long-term survival of quality tree canopy under a range of vacillating climate conditions.
City of San Diego Tree Planting
Date: February 27, 2016
Location & Time: TBA
Continuing our CAL FIRE-funded project, TSD is partnering with the City of San Diego, Urban Corps, and One San Diego for a ceremonial tree planting event to kick-off planting in Logan Heights.  More information will be coming soon.
TSD is already looking for eager volunteers to help support this event. If you are interested, please reach out to us at

CA Urban Forestry Awards
On September 17, President & Executive Director, Laurie Broedling, and Board Member, Mike Palat, were given the “Everyday Hero” Award at the 2015 California Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon in Sacramento. Tree San Diego is extremely proud to be represented as the best in California Urban Forestry and looks forward to what is sure to be another successful year in Urban Forestry!
Volunteer Opportunities
Tree San Diego is looking to expand our dedicated team of volunteers for 2016! If you are passionate about Urban Forestry, sustainability, and/or being further involved in your local community, we are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of roles. Please contact Kalli Legakes at to discuss the ways you can join the Tree San Diego Team!
Interning with Tree San Diego
There are several internship opportunities for the 2016 Spring and Summer Semesters. If you are, or know of someone actively seeking an internship to increase professional experience and/or fulfill course requirements, please contact Kalli Legakes at with a self-introduction and resume.
Funding for San Diego Tree Advantage Program  
has been provided by the California Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Fund through the California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Urban
and Community Forestry Program.

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