After Christmas, What to Do with Your Tree?

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Did you opt for a real Christmas tree this year? A lot of us grapple with the choice between real and fake, weighing the proverbial environmental impact of one vs. the other. One dilemma people face with a real tree is, what do I do with it after the holidays?

Mulch it! While your tree was alive, it benefited the planet, and it can continue to contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Chipping up your tree is a great way to create vital organic matter that is ideal to put on top of the soil–similar to a natural forest.… Read more >>

A Native Re-Greening for TreePeople’s Cistern

Photo: Andy Lipkis

Park operations director Jim Hardie calls it the “grasscrete circle”—also known as the TreePeople cistern, a 216,000-gallon underground storage tank, where we save rainwater filtered and collected from rooftops and the Parking Grove. The stored water irrigates TreePeople’s grounds in the warm months. For the past four years, the circle has been planted with wildflowers, which look gorgeous but require regular weeding. Jim is excited about a low-maintenance alternative called purple needlegrass or Stipa pulchra or Nassala pulchra—the official state grass of California!… Read more >>

The Soil Solution

Soil is the key to life in the urban forest

Soil is as vital to environmental health as the plants that grow in it. If you watched the latest Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl, or if your forebears settled in California because they had to flee the ruined soil of the Midwest, then you know what Burns means by “the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.” It was a swift, government-encouraged depletion of previously fertile cropland, where nature and people had once cooperated fairly well.

Likewise, when we pave every patch of green in our cities, we undo the perfect systems that nature takes so long to create.… Read more >>

South L.A. Parents Learn to “Prune” Back Asphalt and Bring Nature to Urban School Yards

Linda Eremita demonstrates pruning techniques at San Pedro Elementary. Photo: Neil Sashidharan

On a typical hot, smoggy Los Angeles school day, hundreds of children at South L.A. schools no longer have to broil in unshaded asphalt-covered school yards. Through TreePeople’s School Greening Initiative, South L.A. parents are being trained and supported to transform their children’s campuses into shadier, leafier, cooler—even food-producing—places to learn and play.

In early December, 25 area parents attended a half-day TreePeople workshop at San Pedro Elementary School—one of L.A.’s oldest and most urban campuses. There they learned how to prune fruit trees and organize community tree care teams to nurture the trees in their neighborhoods.… Read more >>

Visit L.A.’s first Tree Campus USA, December 16

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Did you know the male gingko tree sprouts smelly fruit? Learn all about it and much more on our next Branching Out Community Tree Walk, as we comb the grounds of Los Angeles Valley College—the first college or university in the Los Angeles area to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA.

TreePeople’s free Community Tree Walks are a great way to meet like-minded people, get some light exercise, and become familiar with the urban forest in your neighborhood.… Read more >>

Hook Your Community Greening Project Up with an Expert Volunteer Leader at TreePeople, December 15

Community planting in Eagle Rock

Launching a community greening project but don’t know how to start? Looking for help with a plan that’s ready but needs guidance? Join us for breakfast at TreePeople’s hilltop headquarters on December 15 to get connected with a Citizen Arborist who can help make sure your project succeeds.

Citizen Arborists are highly trained, volunteer leaders with vital knowledge and experience caring for trees all over Los Angeles. When you partner with a Citizen Arborist, you get on-site help and specific advice about sustaining your greening campaign.… Read more >>

Five Chances to Roll Up Your Sleeves for Trees, December 8

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December 8 is a great day to volunteer! TreePeople invites you to pick your favorite among five rewarding opportunities to pitch in and make Los Angeles a greener city.

If you feel ready for advanced tree care, join us at a school campus in Westchester to prune semi-mature trees. Coming from points north and east? Head to a LAUSD school in Pacoima, where we’ll be weeding, watering, and mulching nearly 40 young trees planted over the last two years. “We want their growth spurt to rival the 5th graders’!” says TreePeople’s Pam Gibson.… Read more >>

Vote for a documentary to make you fall in love with nature

Our founder Andy Lipkis is an expert in the extraordinary film Love Thy Nature and we’d like you to join TreePeople in helping the Director Sylvie Rokab take it to completion.  She launched a Kickstarter campaign (to raise finishing funds) where you’ll see a short video and info about the film. Watch trailer here Not only would you be making a difference, but also you would receive great rewards from DVDs to VIP seating at the film premiere, to outreach programs for at-risk youth in your community of choice.… Read more >>

Help restore the Angeles National Forest as a volunteer leader

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TreePeople and the US Forest Service are gearing up for our third season restoring areas within the Angeles National Forest that were devastated by the historic Station Fire of 2009. This is one of the largest volunteer efforts on National Forest land in the United States, and you can help by learning to supervise and educate some of the thousands of volunteers who will plant 15,000 seedlings in the spring 2013 season.

Become a leader and join our team as a Restoration Supervisor by signing up to attend an Angeles Restoration Supervisor Training on December 8th, January 5th or February 9th.… Read more >>

Give a gift that will grow this holiday season with a TreePeople tree dedication

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Dedicating a tree – or grove of trees – that will be planted by TreePeople in the Los Angeles area mountains and parklands is a meaningful gift this holiday season. TreePeople renews the urban landscape through the life-giving power of trees. The gift of a tree dedication expresses your esteem AND helps restore our local environment.

You can even get creative, pool resources, and give as a group! One California-based company recently paid tribute to a retiring employee by dedicating a tree in his name for every year of service to the firm.… Read more >>