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 >>

Would you eat your landscape?

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As we near the Thanksgiving holidays, maybe you’re thinking about fall harvests.  But if the land around your house is covered in lawn, consider this: traditional turf uses the same amount of water as vegetable gardens. If you’re going to grow something that uses that much water, maybe you should be able to recoup some of that investment in a practical way, by eating it.

Since no one wants to sit down to plate of Bermuda and St. Augustine, how about putting in some plants that yield some fruit and vegetables?  Planting plants you can actually eat is a wonderful way to not only celebrate the seasons, but to make sure that the resources you’re putting into your landscape are paying you back.… Read more >>

Acorns for Thanksgiving dinner?

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Back before pilgrims and celebrations of food and football, at least 12 native California tribes depended on the acorns of coast live oaks and considered them a staple.

Beyond nourishing humans, California oaks are considered a keystone species, meaning that many other animals and plants depend on them and grow in relationship to them.  There are over 160 animal species and over 40 plant species that live in relation to California oaks.

With 19 different species of oak in California, there is about one for nearly every ecosystem – from our channel islands to the desert and areas in between.… Read more >>

LEARN HOW TO MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT

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Did you know unfiltered storm water runoff is the number one pollutant in our coastal waters? And in one inch of rainfall, that parched Los Angeles throws away 7.6 BILLION gallons of water into the storm drains? On Saturday, November 17 at 4 PM join me at the DIY stage at the Green Festival where I’ll be teaching how to harvest that precious rainwater with simple at-home projects, like installing a rain barrel, that will make your landscape more sustainable.… Read more >>

PUT ON YOUR TREE VISION

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Could you tell a Leptospermum laevigatum from a Ficus macrophylla? One is familiarly known as a Moreton Bay fig. Still blanking?

On Sunday, November 18, join TreePeople’s free Branching Out community tree walk in historic Palisades Park in Santa Monica to develop your “tree vision” and see your neighborhood’s urban forest through a whole new lens.

You’ll become aware of why a 25% tree canopy coverage is needed for optimal health of our city and its inhabitants—from plants to people to pollinators—and how you can help establish a functioning community forest in your neighborhood.… Read more >>

Take A Water Quality Quiz

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October 18th was the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Did you miss it? Not me, I was celebrating with a couple of salt water taffies and my little kiddos.

Since our family lives near the ocean, I am thankful every time we go to the beach and don’t come back with some really horrible infection or a vomit –inducing illness. ICK! So thank you Clean Water Act. But lest we take it for granted, how about a little water quality quiz?… Read more >>

“Cash for Grass” is back in L.A. – Rip up your grass and get some green

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In L.A., over half of our drinking water goes to water our lawns. Shifting to more climate appropriate plants can save up to 85% of outdoor water use. Now the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Residential Turf Removal program will pay you $1.50 for every square foot of turf you remove. Plan your landscape transformation carefully, and the rebate could completely off-set your costs to replant with California-friendly flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees!… Read more >>