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Riparian areas along the American River in Sacramento provide wonderful recreational opportunities for young and old alike.
Partners…organizations with From the President
whom CCFF has a formal relationship
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an international environmental education program providing materials and workshops for educators. The program promotes student understanding of the environment by emphasizing the development of students’ critical and creative thinking skills. http://www.plt.org The Golden State Environmental Education Consortium (GSEEC) brings together the skills and assets of a variety of individuals, major programs, institutions, and businesses from communities throughout the state working collectively to enhance environmental education in California. www.edgateway.net/gseec
Thanks to our partners and funders, the California Community Forest Foundation has had another great year. As a statewide nonprofit organization, we continue to seek and manage funds for projects and programs that educate Californians about the stewardship of their community forests and encourage people to get outside. One of our longstanding commitments is to co-sponsor the Project Learning Tree (PLT) program. With a grant from the American Forest Foundation, CCFF has helped PLT launch a year-long strategic planning activity with the goal of surveying many users and talking to stakeholders all over the state about what the program should target during the next five years. This very successful environmental education program reaches thousands of educators each year. We are proud to work closely with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to make PLT available in California. CCFF has joined the No Child Left Inside Coalition! We fully support the idea of getting “kids into the woods” and continue to help groups like the Sequoya Challenge of Nevada City by providing funds for school field trips to the forest. In addition, we want to see more kids involved with service learning – that is, taking their classroom lessons and putting them into civic action such as the Sacramento area Youth Energy Summit. These activities are only a few of CCFF’s recent accomplishments. Information on other CCFF activities is provided in this report. Your thoughts, comments, and ideas are always welcome. Thanks for your support.
Hugh M. Merriam President, California Community Forests Foundation
How We Spend Our Funds
California ReLeaf’s mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. http://www.californiareleaf.org
American Forest Foundation (AFF) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (via AFF) United Way (Bay Area) PG&E Corporation Foundation Hugh Merriam
Fire Safe Councils help mobilize Californians to protect their homes, communities and environments from wildfire. www. firesafecouncil.org
Collaborators …organizations that cooperate with CCFF on projects
Photo credits: Elias and Sebastian Antunez de Mayolo. “Point and Shoot” photographs taken during an outing for families along the American River sponsored by Friends of the River Banks.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection American Forest Foundation The Acorn Group The National Arbor Day Foundation California ReLeaf The Forest Foundation California Department of Fish and Game Water Education Foundation CREEC-California Regional Environmental Education Community Sonoma Ecology Center Roseville Exploration Center Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach Tahoe National Forest Center for the Arts, Nevada City Nevada County Superintendent of Education BABEC- Bay Area Biotechnology Educators Consortium McConnell Foundation Sierra Health Foundation Stopwaste. org Sam Racadio Highland Environmental Center
Accomplishments for 2008-09
Community Education Projects
Provided cash awards and prizes to California’s student winners of the annual National Arbor Day poster contest. Managed in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the 2009 contest involved 1200 children from 59 schools. Coordinated a touring exhibit of California’s Arbor Day posters winners with venues in Sacramento at the capitol during State Scientist Day and the Forestry Center at Cal Expo during the State Fair. Supported training of new Project Learning Tree leaders with a focus on PLT’s secondary education program. Partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat program in the Sacramento area to offer Project Learning Tree training to participating teachers and parents.
Goals for 2010
Manage new grants provided by the American Forest Foundation to the California Project Learning Tree program in order to expand the capacity of the program to reach a wider audience of educators in California. Expand outreach for the National Arbor Day poster contest for 5th grade youth by leveraging additional partnerships with community organizations. Continue partnerships with urban and community forests organizations including the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Urban Forestry Council, California ReLeaf, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET, CREEC and other community groups sharing similar missions and program goals. Seek funding for the development of “The Conifer Classroom,” a new teaching tool for California environmental educators. Continue support for the development of new environmental education leaders. Continue to support organizations engaging youth in environmental education. Support the national and state efforts to coordinate the “No Child Left Inside” initiative that includes development of a state environmental literacy plan. Sponsor a student internship program in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education. Expand CCFF’s website to support outreach efforts. Pursue additional funding to support CCFF’s mission.
Served as the fiscal agent for the 2009 “Integrating Environmental Education into Teacher Education” conference for university faculty in California with funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “Environmental Education Training and Partnership (EETAP)” program. Managed grants from the American Forest Foundation to initiate the implementation of the new Biotechnology supplement to PLT’s “Exploring Environmental Issues – Focus on Risk” program. Conducted Project Learning Tree workshops in rural and urban areas of the state with support from the Hardwood Forest Foundation. Assisted with the Project Learning Tree initiative to develop a new strategic plan with funds from the American Forest Foundation.
Provided funds for the South Yuba Independence Trail-Sequoya Challenge environmental education program to connect Yuba County children with the Sierran foothill forests. Distributed additional “Learning to Live with Fire” educational tool kits, in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, to educational partners in Humboldt, Del Norte and Plumas counties as well as to the new Gateway Science Museum in Chico. Provided support to the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools to help 150 children participate in the “Inspirations in the Forest” project. Provided funds to support the Sacramento region “Project YES” (Youth Energy Summit) program. Supported the Back-to-Natives program in Orange County. Funded an environmental education internship with the California Department of Forestry.
Kay Antunez de Mayolo
(Secretary) Environmental Educator, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection Sacramento
Dr. Wendell Cottle, CFO
Laetitia Vineyard and Winery Nipomo
Tom Gaman, RPF
CEO East West Forestry Associates Inverness
Dr. Jon Hooper
Professor Department of Recreation and Parks Management California State University, Chico Chico
2009 Arbor Day National poster contest winner,Tina Chen, Union City
(President) Analyst Pacific Gas & Electric Company San Francisco
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David J. Roger (Treasurer)
Urban Forester City of Riverside (retired) Riverside
School Energy Efficiency Consultant Visalia
California Community Forests Foundation P.O. Box 1384 Sacramento, CA 95812