tdunnavantTorin Dunnavant

Torin is TreePeople’s Senior Manager of Community Engagement. He serves on the board of the Atwater Village Neigbhorhood Council. Originally from Sacramento, he enjoys exploring L.A.’s many neighborhoods and natural treasures—and of course roots for the Oakland A’s.

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Drought Response Park Tree Care Campaign: Help Trees Survive

Keeping our city’s trees alive is something TreePeople is addressing on many fronts. One major project is with the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, with whom we’ve been working closely for years. TreePeople and our volunteers regularly plant new trees and care for existing ones to improve our park tree canopy for generations to come. Now, though, the drought has our full attention, and we’re focused on ensuring that this generation of trees has enough water to survive these tough, dry conditions, especially with parks under severe water restrictions.… Read more >>

 

Angeles Restoration Campaign Update

We’re seeing so many repercussions from 2013′s record dry year, and now that Governor Brown has declared a state-wide drought, cities, counties and government agencies are making decisions about how to reduce water use. But we’ve known for a long time that we need to drastically reduce the amount of water imported into the Los Angeles area, which is why we continuously call for better conservation and rainwater harvesting.

Still, despite our efforts, the current situation remains dire. Tough choices must be made.… Read more >>

 

We Need You: Outreach Volunteers Make TreePeople Possible

Last week, Peter Weiss, one of our awesome Outreach Volunteers, and I represented TreePeople at the Pacoima Forward Community Fair at Hadden Elementary School. The event was lovely; lots of folks from the school community and the surrounding neighborhood attended.

People were really enthusiastic about becoming TreePeople volunteers and signing up for our classes on tree planting, rainwater harvesting, and native plants. The best part of the day though was watching the kids get so excited about our watershed suitcase demonstration, which explains why and how trees are important to our local aquifers.… Read more >>

 

Ten New Trees Welcomed in Atwater Village

After working at TreePeople for five years, and attending many Citizen Forester events, I finally led my own tree planting. I’ve always known that TreePeople’s Citizen Foresters are amazing people, but I’ve never understood precisely what these volunteers go through to lead plantings in their neighborhoods.

In my personal life, I am a board member for the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council. Awhile back, Jerry, one of my fellow board members, mentioned that a section of North Atwater desperately needed trees. He looped me into the project concept, and we worked with the city and a local landscape architect to build a simple plan to plant ten trees (six Western Redbuds and four Catalina Ironwoods) on the street.… Read more >>

 

Kids Choose Toys Over Trees?

There’s been quite a bit of outrage over the Toys‘R’Us “Meet the Trees” ad campaign. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll give you a brief synopsis: kids think they’re going on a boring tree-related field trip, but instead get to go to Toys‘R’Us to pick out a free toy. Cue great wonderment and enthusiasm from the kids; girls get dolls, boys get toy guns.

Of course, as a member of an organization that believes that trees also can get kids excited, initially I was appalled.… Read more >>

 

Taking on the Tyranny of Turf

It’s lining up to be another dry winter, with water reserves at worryingly low levels. So what’s with L.A.’s obsession with expansive green lawns? How did this landscape ideal, imported from rainy Northern Europe, come to mean the good life in water-scarce Los Angeles? Can we keep it up, or is there a better way? Is the better way possibly even more beautiful?

On Sunday, November 17 at 3pm, TreePeople will partner with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West to answer some of these questions.… Read more >>

 

April Is TreePeople’s Busiest Month

It was at the very first Earth Day in April of 1970 that our founder and president, Andy Lipkis, gained inspiration to do his first tree planting project. More than 40 years later, April is also a time of year when lots of folks ask us what we’re up to, the answer is: A LOT.

We’ll be talking about TreePeople’s work and bringing our interactive tools, such as the “Watershed in a Suitcase,” to a huge number of public events throughout this month in every corner of the county, from Long Beach to Sun Valley, Calabasas to Alhambra.… Read more >>