TreePeople Volunteer Takes on the Drought

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This past Sunday, TreePeople staff and volunteers participated in a special tree care event in North Hollywood. One of our enthusiastic Volunteer Supervisors, Vahagn Karapetyan, had noticed that the trees in his neighborhood were suffering, so he decided to take action.

Vahagn Karapetyan has been volunteering with TreePeople for the past two and a half years. He first got involved as a graduate student at UCLA, looking for something to do on the weekends. He quickly moved up the volunteer ranks and became a Volunteer Supervisor, assisting staff at forestry events with a smile on his face and a seemingly endless supply of energy.… Read more >>

AB 2403 Sets the Stage for Stormwater Capture

Before and after the Elmer Avenue Neighborhood Retrofit, which reconfigured neighborhood infrastructure to increase stormwater filtration and capture.

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 >>

Sticky: Fighting Drought One Lawn at a Time: LADWP’s Cash In Your Lawn Program

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One hundred percent of California is now in a severe drought, and Los Angeles County is even worse off, classified by the United States Drought Monitor  as in “extreme drought” conditions. Now, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is calling on Angelenos to do their part to conserve water—and as an incentive, they’ve upped their turf replacement rebate from $2 per square foot to $3.

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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 >>

Celebrating Trees on World Environment Day: A Guest Post by Michael Zucker

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Today is World Environment Day, designed by the United Nations to encourage “worldwide awareness and action for the environment.” Here at TreePeople, we strive daily to create spaces and programs in which Los Angeles community members can participate in creating a sustainable, thriving city.

Last month, Michael Zucker, author of the “A Sustainable Conversation” column on the Culver City News, wrote an illuminating article about the role of trees and TreePeople in the community. In celebration of World Environment Day, he’s given us permission to share it here.… Read more >>

Volunteers Share Their Stories

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Here at TreePeople, we love our volunteers. We’re a small organization striving to make a big impact – from planting more than 2 million trees in our 40+ years as an organization to working with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on a Stormwater Capture Master Plan – and to do that, we need all the help we can get. We rely on our volunteers for everything from helping out at special events to maintaining our park to participating at our drought response events.… 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 >>

Big Sunday Means Big Volunteer Impacts!

Jo Kitz, Mountains Restoration Trust’s wonderful Restoration Program Director, teaches a new volunteer how to identify invasive species

May 17th and 18th marked Big Sunday Weekend, a national weekend of volunteering. We were out at White Oak Farm in Calabasas on Saturday and Hansen Dam Recreation Center in Sylmar on Sunday. Throughout the weekend more than 100 volunteers assisted with vital restoration work and tree care, removing thousands of pernicious invasive weeds and caring for hundreds of trees and native plants. The photos below recap the incredible weekend and help show just how diverse our forestry work can be!… Read more >>