Tree Lined Park
CLIMATE ACTION CORPS
ABOUT

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, 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.  

In 2021-22, the IERCD will host a pair of Climate Action fellows for a second year,  with the continued goal of increasing urban tree canopy and reducing heat islands accompanied by three core principles of CAC. This project builds on multiple partnerships from the previous year and seeks to continue to work collaboratively with community members to increase tree canopy in the cities of  Redlands, Highland, and San Bernardino. Program participants are eligible to receive a free tree for their property and, if desired, assistance with irrigation, tree placement planning, and installation from University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in San Bernardino County to ensure tree survival and longevity. Trees can also be picked up by community members who do not require assistance or who would rather remain anonymous.

Interested community members should use the form on this page to sign-up for updates on securing a tree for their property, participating in tree give-away events, and/or becoming a program volunteer.  IERCD will also be posting updates as they become available.

Planting a Tree
OUR PROJECT

The Inland Empire is facing a unique urban forest health and disparity crisis. The changing climate has increased temperatures in the region, temperatures that are further exacerbated by the urban heat island effect. These changes have negatively impacted the health and function of the urban tree canopy. On top of the rising temperatures, invasive pests have begun to severely impact tree health throughout the Inland Empire. Tree communities in the Inland Empire are at an even greater threat because existing tree canopy coverage is low. Collectively, these rapidly changing conditions are disproportionately impacting disadvantaged communities where effects of climate change are the most severe.

Our project looks to engage, educate, and collaborate with local communities in north Redlands, west Highland, and multiple areas of San Bernardino to help increase health and cover of our urban tree canopy in two ways:

  1. Direct installation of trees in public spaces and, in partnership with community members, in individual residential properties.

  2. Facilitation of tree pick-up events to allow community members to pick up trees for residential property install without requiring project registration.


 Furthermore, to address some of the region's unique challenges, trees being distributed by the program are part of a vetted list that have demonstrated to be resilient in the face of rising temperatures as well as common invasive pests. Moreover, the program seeks to provide assistance with not only  installation or pick-up of trees, the program  has also teamed up with San Bernardino County Master Gardeners (MG) to offer a variety of technical support. A team of trained MGs are available over the phone, email, or in person to provide assistance in care and maintenance to help ensure each planted tree reaches its full lifespan and provides corresponding climate benefits.

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WHY TREES?

Trees provide a significant range of environmental and economic benefits to the communities within which they are planted, including:

  • Shade: planted trees increase shade which reduces the urban heat island effect, significantly lowering temperatures within their vicinity. 

  • Air quality: trees help to sequester atmospheric carbon through the processes of sequestration that  helps reduce pollution, and addresses rising  temperatures caused by excess greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

  • Stormwater runoff: tree roots help to up-lift soil health and increase filtration of water, thereby reducing stormwater runoff into adjacent unfiltered gutters.

  • Home value: trees increase home value and lower energy costs by keeping homes  significantly cooler than the surrounding area.

  • Quality of life: presence of trees is connected to an elevated quality of life and inclination to be outside for those in surrounding communities.

Spring Buds
PROJECT TREE
LIST
PROJECT PARTNERS
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The Common Vision Coalition is a North Redlands organization that has worked since 2010 enacting “policy changes in order to develop a healthier and more engaged community.” The CVC collaborates with various local community organizations to ensure a lighter load and a greater yield for residents.  They will help spread the message about this project to the community and encourage engagement.   

Master Gardeners are individuals who have put dozens of hours into instruction and training to earn their designations. Additionally they give back to their communities via workshops and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  They will help project participants pick the perfect tree(s) for their home.

http://mg.ucanr.edu/

Master Gardeners

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The Common Vision Coalition is a North Redlands organization that has worked since 2010 enacting “policy changes in order to develop a healthier and more engaged community.” The CVC collaborates with various local community organizations to ensure a lighter load and a greater yield for residents.  They will help spread the message about this project to the community and encourage engagement.   

The Common Vision Coalition is a North Redlands organization that has worked since 2010 enacting “policy changes in order to develop a healthier and more engaged community.” The CVC collaborates with various local community organizations to ensure a lighter load and a greater yield for residents.  They will help spread the message about this project to the community and encourage engagement.

https://www.commonvisioncoalition.org

Common Vision Coalition

MCL

The Common Vision Coalition is a North Redlands organization that has worked since 2010 enacting “policy changes in order to develop a healthier and more engaged community.” The CVC collaborates with various local community organizations to ensure a lighter load and a greater yield for residents.  They will help spread the message about this project to the community and encourage engagement.   

Music Changing Lives (MCL) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing music, art, and tutoring programs in America’s public schools and community centers while raising awareness about the importance of enrichment programs as part of each child’s comprehensive education and lifestyle.

www.musicchanginglives.org

Music Changing Lives

TREE SOURCES

The trees that we give away in this project have been selected based on the Climate-Ready Tree Study facilitated by the University of California – Ag and Natural Resources in cooperation with partners and have been sourced from the nurseries below. 

Johnny's Nursery

Johnny's Nursery is a full service, family owned and operated nursery located in Redlands, California since April 2006.  They offer locally grown plants from personal stock that are fully acclimated to the local climate.

Parkview Nursery

Parkview Nursery, established in 1970, is a locally owned retail garden center located in Riverside. They offer a wide variety of products, such as plants, pottery, and gardening supplies and décor.

Moon Valley Nursery

Moon Valley Nursery has 41 locations nationwide. Each of their locations offer “you buy it, and we plant it” tree deals, where the nursery staff perform everything from design to delivery and installation.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
CONTACT OUR CLIMATE ACTION CORPS FELLOWS:
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ARIANA ORNELAS

Climate Action Corps Fellow

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JOSEPH ROCHA

Climate Action Corps Fellow