Who Are We?

Imperial Valley Urban Forest is a group of like minded Imperial Valley natives, on a mission to create the Imperial Valley’s first Urban Forest.

IVUF was founded through three separate CAL FIRE, Urban Forest Grant programs, in partnership with the City of El Centro and the Friends of El Centro Community Services Foundation.

3,000 Trees by 2022!

Our Mission is simple: to plant the Imperial Valley’s first Urban Forest. Through research based education, we’ve created a roadmap for planting the proper trees across our County.

How can planting trees help our community? Simple! Trees are living, breathing organisms. On the exterior they provide shade, aesthetics, and protection. On the interior, they absorb harmful pollutants and clean the air we breathe. In short, trees are environmental powerhouses! They increase the VALUE of our property while giving us safer air to breathe.

In the Valley, community is everything. And at Imperial Valley Urban Forest, we want to share our love of trees with our community. Through education and research, we’ve designated a list a species that will thrive in our desert climate - and we want to plant one in YOUR YARD!

BY 2022, IVUF will plant 3,000 trees across the County. Are you IN?

Our Programs

Imperial Valley Urban Forest (IVUF) is comprised of 3 seperate CAL FIRE funded grants specially curated to target all areas of a healthy, thriving Urban Forest.

Imperial Valley Urban Forest

Public Tree Planting

Housed with the City of El Centro. 1,400 trees planted on public City property across the County. In partnership with the City of Brawley, City of Calexico, City of Imperial, and City of Holtville.

To date, all trees for this project are in the ground! We are now in the maintenance phase and last portion of the education program, Imperial Valley Tree Steward.

El Centro Free Trees Program

Private Tree Planting

Housed with the Friends of El Centro Community Services Foundation in partnership with the City of El Centro. 1,000 trees planted on private property throughout the City of El Centro. Locations will consist of residential, commercial and school district properties, the first round of trees will be planted in FALL 2022.

If you live or work in the City of El Centro, register here for your FREE TREE!

IV Urban Forest Inventory Program

Comprehensive Inventory & Management System

Housed with the City of El Centro. This program is a comprehensive inventory system using both a traditional, on-the-ground, system and Lydar, satellite based technology to inventory a large portion of public and private property in the City of El Centro. In addition, the program calls for the creation of a five year Urban Forest management plan and the planting of 500 trees on City property.

The Team

Imperial Valley Urban Forest was an idea, conceptualized by an Urban Forest Grant specialist, Kalli Legakes, in partnership with the City of El Centro and the Friends of El Centro Community Services Foundation.

Our team is made up of a local contracting agency (Legakes Co.), City of El Centro staff members, Foundation Board members and dedicated volunteers.

The Foundation

The Friends of El Centro Community Services Foundation filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of California on February 24, 2014. The foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized pursuant to state statutes. Regular meetings of the Board are held at noon on the first Monday of every month. The public is invited and encouraged to attend Board meetings at the Econom- ic Development Conference Room, located at 1249 Main Street in El Centro.

The designated areas of focus for the Friends of the El Centro Community Services Foundation are the El Centro Public Library, El Centro Parks and Recreation activities which includes the El Centro Community Center, the Conrad Harrison Gymnasium, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sports Pavilion, Aquatic Center, 20 parks and ballfields, and arts and culture.

The Foundation encourages volunteers to join us in this endeavor to create success in the community – that’s our mission and it is possible with your help and support!

Board of Directors

Staff Members to the Board

Accomplishments

The Foundation received a $1.5 million grant from CalFire for a “Free Trees Program” in El Centro to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

The Foundation donated $1,000 to provide water for the Project CHAMPS meals at three site locations.

The Foundation donated $1,000 to the 1,000 Books by Kindergarten Program.

The Foundation donated $1,000 to the 1,000 Books by Kindergarten Program.