California ReLeaf: Real Conversations About Working Within Disadvantaged Communities

Youth volunteers at an Urban Forestry planting

Working with low-income communities on pathways to sustainability has been a cornerstone of TreePeople’s work for decades. Here, our Director of Forestry, Rachel Malarich shares some of her hard-won insights in this important conversation linking the success of urban forestry to building strong relationships inside underserved populations.

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Real Conversations About Working Within Disadvantaged Communities

By Ashley Mastin

Environmental justice. It’s a concept that has gained traction over the last decade, but one that many in the urban forest community still need to fully integrate into our work.… Read more >>

Volunteer Spotlight: Wendy Hagan

Granada Hills Charter High School forest restoration voluntere

TreePeople fosters relationships—with the Earth, our cities and with each other, no matter our ages or backgrounds. It’s this multi-generational value that forges lasting bonds and a passion to cherish and protect the environment. Enter Wendy Hagan, a local science teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School. Her story dates back years ago. A native Southern Californian, she volunteered with us back when she herself was in elementary school.

“I remember going to a TreePeople event with my school when I was in the 5th grade.… Read more >>

When Trees Thrive, People Thrive

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We at TreePeople certainly believe that what we are doing is a matter of life and death. But sometimes we’re confronted with more sobering proof than we expected. That’s what happened when I read this article by Lindsay Abrams that recently appeared in The Atlantic, “When Trees Die, People Die.” 

I expected that this article would be just another “trees-make-us-feel-better” story. “Aren’t they pretty? Let’s go plant some.” I wasn’t prepared for this (italics mine):

When the U.S. Forest Service looked at mortality rates in counties affected by the emerald ash borer, they found increased mortality rates.… Read more >>