News & Updates

December 14, 2018

Executive Director Monthly Update – December 2018

This year marked the beginning of my tenure here at ReScape California. As we approach the end of 2018, I find myself reflecting on all that I have learned during that time and all of the people I’ve met who are working so hard to reshape our landscapes in regenerative ways. Through our strong partnerships we were able to accomplish much during the year, including:

  • Training 281 landscape professionals
  • Integrating our merger with EcoLandscape California in Sacramento County
  • Hearing from you in our Listening Campaign that you want us to continue to lead in the response to the climate crisis with research and our science-based education and advocacy programs
  • Updating our Membership and Sponsorship Programs
  • Recognizing 3 new landscapes in our Rated Landscapes Program
  • Adding 7 new Board of Directors who represent our varied community and the wide range of constituencies that we serve. They include professionals from many related fields, others in sustainable landscape work, as well as public members. They join our current Members who have guided the organization’s policy direction to ensure that we accomplish our mission.
  • Establishing a Seasonal Speaker Series
  • Continuing our partnership with our cornerstone agencies who have supported us throughout the years: StopWaste, Regional Water Authority and Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership

The fires this year served as a devastating reminder of the important work that lies ahead for managing our landscapes in ways that help mitigate climate change while protecting our communities and watersheds. The issues are complex and we must be open to joining together to explore new possibilities. We are setting our priorities to reflect that need by emphasizing carbon sequestration with healthy soils, water management and conservation in California’s drought and warming climate, and firescaping to safeguard and help rebuild our homes and communities. We have started to bring together a Curriculum & Standards Committee of subject experts that represent each of our 7 Sustainable Principles to research and establish the highest, science-based standards for all of our education and advocacy efforts. In January we will initiate our RFQ to build our instructor pool. Contact me at if you are interested in participating.

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has joined ReScape as a member or sponsor this year—your support allows us to continue our work and enables you to take part in helping us set our priorities. I am also grateful for the ReScape Board of Directors who give their time, talent and treasure to the important work of building a stronger, sustainable ReScape California. If you aren’t a member yet, I invite you to join our network of supporters and take part in our regional membership meetings. We are planning a Speaker Series to be held at each of the season changes, the first one of which will be in late Winter, at the beginning of February 2019. It will be one of the many ways we have set for you to be involved in our work, and to join us in serving our rich and diverse community. Stay tuned for details.

With gratitude and warm wishes for us to do good work together,

Milena Fiore
Executive Director

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