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  1. Hi Sherry, This group is a great way to connect with other users and learn from each other. You are welcome to ask questions to the group, but if you have a support issue specifically you and reach our to our TreePlotter Support Team at support@planitgeo.com
  2. https://caufc.org/opportunities/ Job Title: Executive Director Reports To: Board of Directors Position Type: Full Time, Exempt Employee; typically 40 hours per week. Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt Location: Within the State of California, Ideally within a short distance of a major airport or transportation hub. ABOUT THIS POSITION The Board of Directors (BOD) is charged with hiring an Executive Director (ED) for the California Urban Forests Council (CAUFC). The board of directors are collectively charged with the governance of the organization, while the Executive Director is charged with its management. SALARY RANGE AND BENEFITS $95,000 – $140,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Compensation will be based on applicant experience, within ranges defined by local market norms for comparatively sized 501(c)3 organizations and other team members’ compensation. The position is eligible for employee benefits. CAUFC offers a subsidized 403(b) plan, among other benefits; Vacations are provided with pay and are earned on the basis of continuous service and hire date. CaUFC supports employees who wish to enhance their professional development and job-related skills through related external education programs and conferences. ORGANIZATION SUMMARY The California Urban Forests Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1968, making it the first urban forest organization in the United States. Its mission is to enhance the health, vitality, and overall condition of California’s urban and community forests. The organization primarily focuses on advocacy and education. Vision: The California Urban Forests Council envisions thriving and prosperous communities across California, transformed by healthy trees and green spaces. Their commitment is to promote and sustain sustainable urban and community forests to improve the quality of life for all Californians. Membership: The organization comprises community-based professionals associated with various sectors, including municipalities, urban planning, arboriculture, the nursery industry, and public health organizations. They also provide support to seven Regional Councils throughout California, which play a pivotal role in the organization’s operations. Certified Urban Forester Program: Originally, the organization supported professionals in the industry and developed a Certified Urban Forester Program. However, they have since shifted their focus to be more public and community-oriented, passing the Certification program to the Society of American Foresters. Goals: The California Urban Forests Council promotes intelligent investments in urban and community trees, parks, and green spaces through outreach, education, community-based activities, and collaborative efforts. They achieve this by creating and disseminating educational materials that incorporate research and professional expertise to empower Californians to actively participate in urban greening and forestry. Additionally, the organization collaborates with local, state, and national leaders to advocate for improved public policies and support for urban and community forestry. Programs: The organization’s initiatives aim to improve air quality, conserve, and protect water, enhance quality of life, and add aesthetic beauty to California communities. Their overarching vision is to make California’s communities cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous through collective action and investments in urban forests and urban greening. Members and Regional Councils: The California Urban Forests Council consists of professionals from public works, municipalities, urban design, urban planning, arboriculture, and community-based public health organizations. They provide essential support through their Regional Councils, which serve as the backbone of urban forestry initiatives across the state. Legacy: As the oldest urban forest council in the nation, the California Urban Forests Council takes pride in its mission to sustain and expand California’s urban forests, ultimately strengthening and improving the health of communities throughout the state. POSITION DESCRIPTION OFFICE, COMPENSATION, AND WORK EXPECTATIONS: In conjunction with the Board of Directors provides direction and leadership to achieve the vision, goals, objectives, and Strategic Plan of the California Urban Forests Council. Under the supervision of the Board of Directors the Executive Director is responsible for the successful implementation of the organization’s vision, strategy, and overall direction of the organization. The Executive Director provides the management, administration, and fiscal oversight of the California Urban Forests Council (CaUFC) and its regional councils. The Executive Director is responsible for the development and execution of all strategic initiatives, partnerships, and programs that support CaUFC’s vision and goals including: mobilizing a broad coalition in support of urban greening at the local, regional, and state levels; building sustainable funding streams; increasing public recognition of the benefits of CaUFC; and creating powerful research tools to communicate, educate, and advocate for urban greening across the State. The Executive Director is also responsible for providing membership services, support, and communications with and reports to the CaUFC Board of Directors. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITIES Required Skills: A full embrace of CAUFC’s mission and a willingness to serve as a public champion for it. Strong fundraising, non-profit administration, and grant administration skills with the goal of supporting and generating a steady, reliable revenue stream. Proven ability to procure funding from a variety of sources and maintain positive cash flow. Strong interpersonal, public speaking, and writing skills, including a willingness and ability to travel, build external relationships, initiate, and schedule donor visits, make fundraising calls, and personally ask for gifts in a timely fashion. Strong leadership and management skills, a strong commitment to encouraging professional diversity in the workplace, and a proven ability to deftly manage the challenges and opportunities associated with working for a geographically decentralized nonprofit Board. A Bachelor’s degree minimum, Master’s degree preferable, or other advanced degree in a field related to CAUFC’s mission. Preferred Skills: Broad knowledge of Urban Forestry and related agencies and organizations. Urban forestry or arboricultural experience, including familiarity with key players and organizations in the green industries. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated expertise in public and government relations. Comfortable demonstrating outreach and education. Demonstrated ability in interpersonal relations and supervision of personnel. Proficiency in computer programs, especially all of the components of MS Office and relevant accounting software such as QuickBooks. Demonstrated ability to execute efficiently, including but not limited to strategic planning, financial management; reporting; fundraising; public relations, and human resource management. Ability to work independently as well as with a diverse Board of Directors, partners, contractors, community members, and staff. ASAE credentials are welcomed. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Management and Administration Directs the daily operations and programs of the organization and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements. Responsible for overall leadership of the organization and achievement of the organization’s mission. Responsible for employee supervision, training, recruitment, selection, goal setting, evaluation, and termination. Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. Develops personnel policies and procedures and ensures employee adherence. Works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the Strategic Plan. Completes the Annual Report. The ED will likely spend ~70% of their time working from a remote office location of his or her choosing and ~30% of their time traveling, attending industry conferences, and meeting with key partners. Travel will typically be scheduled far enough in advance to not adversely or abruptly impede family or personal time, though emergent travel may, on occasion, be required. CAUFC does not provide a personal vehicle for the Executive Director. Initiatives Oversight and Implementation Develops and executes all initiatives and programs, including but not limited to Strategic Plan goals, objectives, and actions. Evaluate program effectiveness and fit-to-vision. Oversees the messages, design, marketing, promotion, delivery, and quality of programs. Supports Regional Councils by maintaining working relationships, creating opportunities for cooperative efforts, and providing support such as facilitation at meetings, administration, etc. Oversees planning for and attends the Annual Conference. Fiscal Responsibility Efficiently manages all budget, financial records, corporate assets, and program expenditures to meet current laws and regulations. Develops and manages an annual budget, submits to the Board approval, prudently manages the organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations, and submits quarterly financial reports to the Board. Ensures the timely reporting of financial data, efficient preparation of all fiscal and tax reports required by law, timely payment of all bills and invoices incurred by the CaUFC, and maintenance of bookkeeping records. Ensures compliance with all contractual obligations, including grants, Fiscal Agency agreements, government contracts, foundation contracts, etc. Oversees payroll and ensures that all related taxes and reports are deposited and filed in a timely manner. Oversees fundraising and identifies resource requirements, researches funding sources, and establishes strategies to approach funders. Public/Government Relations Assures CaUFC’s purpose, vision, and goals are consistently and effectively presented in a strong, positive image to policymakers, coalition members, and stakeholders. Leads CaUFC initiatives to build a broad coalition, establish strategic partnerships, and enlarge the membership base. Represents CaUFC at public forums, legislative and other regulatory proceedings, and meetings with the statewide urban forestry community at large and at workshops, conferences, and other events. Establishes connections, maintains working relationships, and encourages the exchange of information with government agencies and other professional organizations. Manages all government and public relations and approves all publicity materials, including key messages, positions, graphics, newsletter, and website content including those developed by Regional Councils. Acts as a spokesperson to the media and at functions as are consistent with the Strategic Plan. Board Relations Works with the President and Board of Directors to develop and execute the Strategic Plan for CaUFC. Reports to the Board on the execution of the Strategic Plan and measurement against performance metrics. Establishes communication systems and work relationships with the Board of Directors. Supports operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members and interfacing between the Board and staff. Along with the Board President, facilitates the involvement of each Director towards furthering the vision and goals of the CaUFC. Ensures that the CaUFC Board Manuals and orientation materials are current and distributed. Attends all Board meetings. HOW TO APPLY Interested candidates can email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@caufc.org with the subject line “Executive Director Application-[Name].” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with the first round of panel interviews slated in late October and early November 2023. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CAUFC celebrates personal and professional diversity and considers applicants for all positions. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.
  3. @Isaiah H. Do you have any further information? Ideally, if you could send along the location, a closer image of the leaf, and bark this would help a lot!! Thanks
  4. @Rocky any ideas? I will also post this picture to our tree inventory team at PlanIT Geo and see if they have any suggestions. @John Letorori
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    Join us on September 21 for our free webinar co-hosted with the UT Residential and Community Forestry Workgroup. Erik Kuehler (Arborist, Metro Water Services, Metro-Davidson County Tennessee) will present on Tennessee’s urban strike team program where teams of certified arborists are used to assess post storm trees eligible for FEMA recovery reimbursements. The webinar is approved for 1-CEU ISA certified arborist
  6. Explore the map to see state-by-state grant awards and National Pass Though Partner Grants https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests/ucf/2023-grant-funding
  7. USDA Press Release USDA invests $1 billion for nearly 400 projects to expand access to trees and green spaces in communities and neighborhoods nationwide through the Investing in America agenda WASHINGTON,September 14, 2023 - Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is awarding more than $1 billion in competitive grants to plant and maintain trees, combat extreme heat and climate change, and improve access to nature in cities, towns, and suburbs where more than 84% of Americans live, work, and play. Communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. Territories and Tribal Nations are receiving funding, covered by the Justice40 Initiative and made possible by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act – the largest climate investment in history. The Forest Service selected 385 grant proposals from entities working to increase equitable access to trees and nature, and the benefits they provide for cooling city streets, improving air quality, and promoting food security, public health and safety. The funding was granted to entities in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, three U.S. affiliated Pacific islands, and several Tribes through the Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program.  "These investments arrive as cities across the country experience record-breaking heatwaves that have grave impacts on public health, energy consumption, and overall well-being," said Secretary Vilsack. "Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we are supporting communities in becoming more resilient to climate change and combatting extreme heat with the cooling effects of increased urban tree canopy, while also supporting employment opportunities and professional training that will strengthen local economies." The Urban and Community Forestry Program is the only program in the federal government dedicated to enhancing and expanding the nation's urban forest resources. This is the largest single USDA Inflation Reduction Act investment to date in urban and community forests. “Today’s landmark funding from the U.S. Forest Service will increase urban access to nature, improve air quality, keep city streets cool during sweltering summers, tackle the climate crisis, and create safer, healthier communities in every corner of America,” said John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation. “That makes a huge difference for the grandmother who doesn’t have air conditioning, or the kid who has asthma, or the parent who works outside for ten hours a day. This investment will create not just greener cities—it will create healthier and more equitable cities.” “President Biden set a bold goal to cut in half the number of people that do not have access to parks and nature by the end of the decade,” said Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “This funding will expand access to green space in underserved communities nationwide, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to environmental justice and our Justice40 Initiative.” This announcement is part of President Biden's Investing in America agenda to advance environmental justice, generate economic opportunity, and build a clean energy economy nationwide. The grants are made possible by investments from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest climate investment in history and a core pillar of Bidenomics. The Urban and Community Forestry Program is part of President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which works to ensure the overall benefits of certain federal investments reach disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution and underinvestment. The grant funding was open to community-based organizations, Tribes, municipal and state governments, non-profit partners, universities and other eligible entities. In total, the Forest Service received 842 applications requesting a total of $6.4 billion in funding, an indication of the urgent nationwide need to plant and maintain more urban trees. Studies show that trees in communities are associated with improved physical and mental health, lower average temperatures during extreme heat, and increased food security, and create new economic opportunities. This historic funding will help the Forest Service support projects that increase tree cover in disadvantaged communities, provide equitable access to the benefits of nature, and deliver tangible economic and ecological benefits to urban and Tribal communities across the country. Grantees used the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool to help identify disadvantaged communities. This geospatial mapping tool identifies disadvantaged communities that face burdens in the categories of climate, energy, health, housing including nature deprivation, legacy pollution, transportation, water and wastewater, workforce development, as well as associated socioeconomic thresholds. More information about the funded proposals, as well as announcements about the grant program, is available on the Urban and Community Forestry Program webpage. More information on the historic Inflation Reduction Act is available on the White House Fact Sheet: One Year In, President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act is Driving Historic Climate Action and Investing in America to Create Good Paying Jobs and Reduce Costs .
  8. Through funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, the Forest Service is making historic investments in boosting the nation’s tree cover in urban, suburban, and rural communities nationwide. The agency has selected 385 grant proposals from entities that are working to increase equitable access to trees and green spaces, and the many benefits they provide. 100% of funding will flow to disadvantaged communities, and funded proposals are located in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, three U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands, and several tribal communities.
  9. Watch Summer, Jeff, Luke, Krista and others as they demonstrate their skills and tell their personal stories sharing their passion for trees and what they do as arborists. This award-winning short-length documentary was filmed at the 2022 International Tree Climbing Championship held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Professional tree climbers from all over the world share their inspirational, sometimes mystical, connection with trees. Whether you are an arborist or not, we hope you will enjoy learning about arboriculture as an important career path in caring for this crucial asset in urban spaces—trees.
  10. https://wj.wi.gov/psc/wisjobs/CAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1&JobOpeningId=11618&
  11. LizzyBee

    Pollarding

    That is insane. Pruning aside, I like the image much better with the people sitting under the sade of the tree vs the car
  12. Here is a resource from American Forests focused on Career Pathways in tree care https://www.americanforests.org/project/career-pathways/#tewn
  13. LizzyBee

    Tree ID Quiz

    Is this in the Betula Family?
  14. Did you all know we have an Urban Forestry Grant Resource Page on planitgeo.com? https://planitgeo.com/library/urban-forestry-grant-resources/
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