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The State of California has no Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) funding allocation for urban forestry and we need your help to get funding for these critical investments.

Without sufficient funding, the state’s urban tree canopy cannot thrive, and California citizens will face the adverse effects of extreme heat, higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and polluted water systems. It is a fact that trees help to clean our air, cool cities, and filter stormwater into the ground. But they are under constant threats from development, pests and disease, wildfires, and poor care and management.

Trees provide all of us with so many benefits, yet they cannot speak for themselves. So this is our opportunity to make our voices loud and clear to the California State Legislators and Governor’s Office that “WE SUPPORT URBAN FORESTS IN CALIFORNIA AND WE SUPPORT $25 MILLION GGRF FUNDING FOR OUR URBAN FORESTS.”


Are you a California resident? Please add your name to our petition and join others who have already signed. Together, we can make our voices loud and clear: “WE SUPPORT URBAN FORESTS IN CALIFORNIA -- PLEASE ENSURE $25 MILLION IS IN  GGRF TO FUND OUR URBAN FORESTS.”

Petition will be officially closed on June 10, 2019, TreePeople will present this petition and the list of signatures to the Governor’s Office and California State Legislators.

What is an Urban Forest and its Benefits

An urban forest is a network of all the publicly and privately-owned trees and forests in and around cities. It can provide a wide range of benefits and ecosystem services including:

- Cleaning air
- Reducing the urban heat island effect
- Improving water supply and water quality
- Mitigating stormwater runoff and flooding
- Sequestering carbon and combating climate change
- Producing food
- Conserving energy
- Increasing jobs, business, and the green economy
- Providing wildlife habitat
- Enhancing community cohesion
- Improving human health and well-being
- Increasing property values

California’s Urban Tree Crisis

A healthy urban forest can help protect our communities and all Californians from the adverse effects of climate change. Trees could also be one of most cost-effective nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

However, California is facing an Urban Tree Crisis due to droughts, extreme heat, emerging pests and diseases, and development, which can significantly impact Californians’ everyday lives as well as health and well-being. Here are some basic facts:

  • California's urban tree canopy covered 15% of the urban area and contained 173.2 million trees, five per city resident. Urban tree canopy per capita was lowest among U.S. states (90.8 m2) (McPherson et al., 2019).
  • In California, 61% of urban areas considered to have low tree canopy cover (2-10%) and40% of the urban areas in California are subject to high urban heat threat (Bjorkman et al., 2015).

TreePeople + Urban Forests

TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage, and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment – making it safe, healthy, fun, and sustainable, and to share our process as a model for the world. TreePeople has been a pioneering leader and a strong advocate for urban forestry at the policy and grassroots levels.

We strongly believe that trees in cities are essential infrastructure to protect, support, and sustain our daily life ranging from providing shade, water, and food to enhancing human health and well-being, community cohesion, and economic growth.

For over 45 years, we have involved more than 3 million people in planting and caring for almost 3 million trees which have made transformative changes by greening schools, shading homes, revitalizing streets and parks, restoring mountains, and uniting communities.

In summary, we need trees and trees need us! Join TreePeople and advocate for GGRF investment for urban forestry and urban greening by signing our petition.

Make a difference and be a part of the change you want to see in California today!