Greening Campuses and Cultivating Learners in Compton

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TreePeople has long believed in greening educational spaces: access to green space gives students a place to play and develop creative problem solving skills. Plus, research has shown a strong correlation between access to nature and better cognitive function, self-discipline, and impulse control, and suggests that greener campuses may help improve student attention spans. And at the very root of it, healthier school campuses mean healthier students, and the more trees and plants students have around them, the more likely they are to understand and respect our urban forest.… Read more >>

Volunteer Celebration 2014

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About a week ago, we hosted our annual Volunteer Celebration. This was a special opportunity for our highly dedicated volunteers to gather in a casual environment and get to know one another a bit better. We realize that it can be tough for staff and volunteers to get to know one another at forestry events, when the sweltering sun is beating down and there are trees to be planted and invasive species to be weeded, or at outreach events, when everyone is racking their brains to remember the multitude of ways to help get others involved with TreePeople.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Policy Work: Transforming LA into a Climate- and Water-Resilient City

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Each week, TreePeople is out in the neighborhoods and surrounding mountains of Los Angeles, planting and caring for trees and native plants to ensure that our city has a growing, thriving urban ecosystem. But that’s not all we do – every day, we’re also working with agencies and policymakers at the city, county, state, and federal levels to enact strong policies to support creating a 21st century infrastructure for a water-resilient LA.

As Deborah Weinstein Bloome, TreePeople’s Director of Policy, explains, policy work “has been part of our DNA from the beginning,” largely under the guidance of our founder and president, Andy Lipkis.… Read more >>

AB 2403 Sets the Stage for Stormwater Capture

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It doesn’t rain much in Los Angeles, but it does rain: in an average year, enough rain falls throughout Los Angeles County to supply 650,000 families with enough water to live off if we captured it. For this reason, for more than twenty years TreePeople has been championing rainwater harvesting as a key part of our water supply. On June 28th, it became an even more economically and politically viable solution, as Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2403 into law.… Read more >>

Transforming Upstream Landscapes for a Healthy LA River

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At the end of May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to recommend approval for a $1 billion proposal to restore an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River. According to the Los Angeles Times, the plan, which is supported by Mayor Eric Garcetti and a number of elected officials and advocacy groups – TreePeople included – “will restore habitat, widen the river, create wetlands, and provide access points and bike trails” along a portion of the river that runs north of downtown, through Elysian Park.… Read more >>

Coast Live Oak Falls Prey to Gophers

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You know it’s dry when gophers start taking down trees.

Why is that? Well, normally tree roots make up part of your standard gopher diet. They’ll tunnel down to a tree’s root ball, chow down for a little while, and then move on. But as long as they only eat part of the roots – which is usually how it goes – the tree can still get plenty of nutrients and water from the soil, so it remains healthy. … Read more >>

1000th Tree Cared for in the Drought

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We’re in the middle of a drought, so to conserve water, we shouldn’t water trees, right?

Actually, watering trees is one of the best things we can do while we wait for the rains to return. Keeping our trees healthy helps us maintain and build our water supply here in Los Angeles. When it rains – which happens sometimes even in the middle of a drought – a mature tree captures thousands of gallons of rainwater in its canopy and root zone, sinking that rain into the aquifer and storing it for later instead of letting it run down our paved streets and sidewalks into the ocean, where it’s no longer available as freshwater for our use.… Read more >>

TreePeople Satellite Nursery Sprouts in Inglewood

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Inglewood High School’s campus is located off busy Manchester Boulevard. In this urban setting, nestled beneath the hum of jets approaching LAX and behind the bustle of traffic on Inglewood’s streets, students are nurturing a baby forest.

Inglewood High’s Green Club, advised by long-time TreePeople teacher Gail Atley, has become the latest TreePeople Satellite Nursery. As part of TreePeople’s Youth Leadership Program, Inglewood students have been planting and caring for acorns of native oaks. With a little help from the students’ patience and diligence, the acorns will sprout, ready to grow into trees.… Read more >>

Three decades of planting seeds: Curtis School first grade teacher celebrates her 30th Eco-tour

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The yellow school bus pulled up to TreePeople headquarters earlier this month, and beaming first grade teacher Donna Bernard stepped out along with dozens of excited children. Today was Ms. Bernard’s thirtieth anniversary: the thirtieth straight year she has brought her Curtis students to TreePeople for an Eco-tour field trip. … Read more >>