CLIMATE ACTION CORPS
The Climate Action Corps (CAC) is a program developed as part of the state's comprehensive climate strategy. Under this program, Fellows consisting of recent graduates from two or four-year programs are matched with host agencies seeking to implement a range of projects meeting CAC's three guiding principles of climate resilience, equity, and connection to public service.
Recently called into service by Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sept 2020, the inaugural cohort of Climate Action Fellows for the state will be tasked with addressing the effects of climate change throughout Californian communities. The Corps is a part of the Americorps - CivicSpark family of stateside service programs.
In Redlands, the CAC has placed three Fellows with the IERCD. The District, Fellows, and project partners are seeking interested community members with whom they will work collaboratively to increase urban tree canopy in north Redlands.
Participating residents are eligible for up to three trees from a list of climate appropriate species and, if desired, assistance in irrigation and tree placement planning and installation from University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in San Bernardino County. Project completion goals include elevating total canopy of trees best suited for the local climate to enable long-term benefits for area residents and resources; working with residents to identify areas of project approach and facilitation requiring revision to increase total impact; and expanding original project boundary to continue canopy increase.
Redlands is facing significant short and long-term challenges in regard to urban forest health as temperatures rise from the ongoing effects of climate change. The impacts from tree loss pertain to an elevated heat island effect, increased energy costs and lower overall property value; as well as additional air pollution threatening the health of city communities like that of North Redlands. This project hopes to increase tree canopy in North Redlands through a community-inspired approach where you can pick your own free tree to be planted in your yard. Increasing tree canopy and empowering residents in the fight against climate change is at the heart of this project to ensure stabilization and an increase in long-term tree canopy in North Redlands communities.