Two Andys, One Vision

TreePeople's Founder and President Andy Lipkis and CEO Andy Vought

TreePeople is proud to announce another Andy to our executive team: CEO, Andy Vought.  We look forward to his leadership and insight to guide us through this next phase in our organization’s history and to further drive our vision towards a  more sustainable Los Angeles. To learn more, read our founder and president, Andy Lipkis’ open letter below and join us in welcoming Andy Vought to TreePeople!

TreePeople's Founder and President Andy Lipkis and CEO Andy Vought

Andy Lipkis & Newly Appointed CEO, Andy Vought

Greetings,

Since founding TreePeople in 1973, I’ve led the organization in creatively engaging the people of our city in addressing significant challenges confronting the urban environment.… Read more >>

Forest Aid Volunteer Helps Care for 5,000th Tree in Face of Drought

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Thanks to the help of our Forestry team and dedicated Forest Aid volunteers, TreePeople has cared for more than 5,000 trees this year! Despite facing a crippling drought, our forest restoration projects pressed on. Unfortunately, the drought prevented our team and volunteer community to plant new trees in the forest this year, but we didn’t let that slow us down. We focused our efforts in the Angeles Forest to solely care for drought-affected trees already planted.

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Young tree Forest Aid planted in 2013 and 5,000th tree cared for in 2014.

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This Week: Ecology of the LA River Conference!

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Attend the Council for Watershed Health event, November 7th and learn about the Ecology of the LA River. Building off the success of the State of the Los Angles River Watershed Conference in 2013, this conference will focus on the biological resources within the Los Angeles River watershed. The discussion will explore the river’s verdant past, the importance of ecosystems in a healthy watershed, and efforts to revitalize parts of the river for linear parks and wildlife habitat.

The Los Angeles River Watershed includes 1,400 miles of streams, a population of more than 4.5 million people and countless plants and animals.… Read more >>

TreePeople Endorses Prop 1 and Prop P

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Still wondering how to vote in next week’s election? Read on to see TreePeople’s Board Chairman Ira Ziering give an update on where we stand as an organization on the key propositions on the ballot and why you should vote yes on Prop1 and Prop P.

Greetings,

I am writing to ask that you Join TreePeople in supporting State Proposition 1 and County Measure P on November 4th.

For more than 40 years TreePeople has been demonstrating the power of direct citizen action to physically improve the beauty, health and sustainability of our city.… Read more >>

Learning lessons from the Millennium Drought, 2014 California Delegation to Australia: Melbourne and Adelaide

From left to right:  Meaghan Laverty (TEC), Francesca Vietor (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission), Andy, Felicia Marcus (California Water Resources Control Board) , Greg Good (Head of Infrastructure, LA Mayor Garcetti’s Office) , David Jaeckel (Yale School of Forestry), Leslie Friedman Johnson, Jared Blumenfeld (EPA Regional Administrator) , Nancy Sutley  (LA-DWP Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer), Gary Hildebrand (LA County Public Works) , Deborah Bloome, Seth Keiner, Craig Perkins (TEC), Felipe Fuentes (LA City Councilman) , Andrew Fahlund (California Water Foundation), Tracy Minamide (LA Bureau of Sanitation).

Learning lessons from the Millennium Drought 2014 California Delegation to Australia: Melbourne and Adelaide

Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent, and between 1997 and 2010 it faced an unprecedented challenge. During what is now called the “Millennium Drought,” lakes and reservoirs turned to dust. Thankfully, the country emerged from the epic dry spell stronger and more water-resilient than ever thanks to policies and actions taken by its people and governments.

In light of California’s current water crisis, select TreePeople staff, including founder and president Andy Lipkis, embarked on a Drought Solutions Delegation to Australia, cohosted by TreePeople and The Energy Coalition.… Read more >>

A Call to Drought Action, LA: in the Steps of Australia, Washington and Sacramento

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A Call to Drought Action, LA: in the Steps of Australia, Washington and Sacramento

LA’s star is rising, and so am I, literally, as I write this from 37,000 feet on flight to Melbourne. Visiting Australia is a deeply meaningful journey for me. I traveled there from the beginnings of TreePeople, when I was in my early 20’s, and it was truly life changing.

First and foremost, it’s where I met my wife and partner, Kate. Also, it was here whiles visiting my Australian family that I began another lifelong love: capturing rainwater.… Read more >>

The Future Is In Our Hands, Harvest Moon 2014

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The Future is in Our Hands, Harvest Moon 2014

Nearly two weeks have gone by and people are still talking about TreePeople’s annual gala An Evening Under the Harvest Moon. Thanks to all our donors and sponsors along with all those behind the scenes who helped in making it an exceptional night!

There was a true buzz about Harvest Moon this year, and with a sold out event, we raised $400,000 over the course of the evening. We dined and danced with 450 guests and celebrated three profound honorees who have each helped make Los Angeles a more vibrant and livable city, while strengthening TreePeople’s mission and work.… Read more >>

5 Great Reasons to Vote for TreeMapLA

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We’ve got one last day before voting for LA2050’s grants closes, and we need your help to boost us up to the lead! Here are some great reasons to vote for TreeMapLA:

Reason #1:

A well-populated map can help us find our way to a greener, healthier, more sustainable Los Angeles.

 

Reason #2:

With TreeMapLA’s help, we can map and increase the watershed solutions in LA to make sure that when it rains, the water doesn’t go to waste.

 

Reason #3:

Mapping trees gives you the chance to give your trees some love.… Read more >>

ForestAid Helps Angeles National Forest Survive the Drought

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At 18 events throughout the spring of 2013, more than a thousand volunteers planted nearly 10,000 seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, all around the Chilao campground.

It was all part of the ForestAid: Angeles program, a joint effort of the Forest Service and TreePeople to lead reforestation efforts after the 2009 Station Fire that burned down 400 acres of forest.

After the trees were planted, we worked through the summer to care for these young trees and help them get through a very hot and long summer.… Read more >>

Thirsty Thursday Quenches the Drought AND Your Thirst

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“Trees need people, people need trees” – if you’ve ever worked with TreePeople, you know the rhythmic lilt of that chant as well as you know the story of the 15-year-old boy who tore up a parking lot with his bare hands to plant a grove of trees (so the legend goes) and started the whole thing in motion 40 years ago.

But after 40 years, it’s about time for a mid-life crisis and with the historic drought of the past few years leaving our urban forest thirsting for water, it was only a matter of time before somebody teased the following transitive relation out of the classic TreePeople chant: “Trees need people, people need beers, therefore, trees need beers.” And with that simple idea, scrawled almost illegibly onto a cocktail napkin (so the legend goes), a revolution began and Thirsty Thursday was born.… Read more >>