As the Forestry Projects Senior Manager at TreePeople, I have the privilege to see firsthand the changes that tree planting and tree care events make in the lives of volunteer participants. I love watching the joy that comes over them when they step back and see the difference they’ve made. Over time, they realize that a tree is not only a lasting physical change but a living memento that constantly reminds them of their participation in and commitment to their community.… Read more >>
While we were thrilled about the recent rainfall, we must admit we were a little nervous about how it would impact last Saturday’s fruit tree distribution festival at Roger Jessup Park in Pacoima. We needn’t have worried.
Enthusiasm and dedication trumped the grey skies: we distributed more than 800 bare-root trees to local residents and in the process helped create a food forest in this under-canopied community in our city. We worked alongside hardworking sponsors and volunteers from Bank of America, Pacoima Beautiful, MEND, Felipe Fuentes, Project Youth Green, Alex Padilla, Hubbard, Holy Rosary, Nury Martinez, Disney, Starbucks, and even a few of the charming Laker Girls.… Read more >>
TreeMapLA, brought to you by TreePeople, is a powerful new tool to help residents grow LA’s urban forest. This ambitious effort aims to involve Angelenos of all ages in mapping every tree in Greater Los Angeles. On the website, it’s easy to enter every tree’s location, species, and current size as well as update its needs. TreeMapLA also shows the “eco-benefits” of each tree and the collective eco-benefits of all the trees that get mapped. Said eco-benefits include the environmental benefits and monetary savings of the trees’ services in energy, storm-water, carbon dioxide, and air quality.… Read more >>
Nearly thirty students in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles rose at 7 AM last Saturday to spend the day at their high school Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy, or Simon Tech, as everyone seems to call it. If you know teenagers, this fact alone is remarkable. But it gets even better. They came not to play but to give away fruit trees and teach others how to plant them. Anyone in the community who wanted a tree — apple or peach — could have one.… Read more >>
Valentine’s Day is just 7 days away and even though store shelves have been overflowing with candy hearts for weeks already, we’re willing to bet you still haven’t given much thought to your Feast of Saint Valentine shopping list.
And while we’d never suggest you forgo that box of chocolate, why not do something a little more meaningful, too? This year, dedicate a tree in honor of not just your significant other but everyone you love: your best friend, your cousin, your mom — each of whom will be delighted you remembered them on February 14th.… Read more >>
This fact inspired me to write an article for The Jewish Journal in honor of Tu b’Shevat, the Jewish New Year or Birthday of the Trees.
For decades, students at Jewish schools and schools throughout Los Angeles County have planted seedlings with TreePeople to celebrate this holiday. But these days, tree planting has become much more than a symbolic act. Can planting the right trees in the right places, and ensuring they survive, really save lives? Yes.
Happiest of birthdays to you, trees!… Read more >>
With the New Year comes lots of good intentions. Why not start with how you dispose of your holiday tree? If you’ve been thinking about trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, you can look no further than your living room and that post-Christmas—or whatever holiday you celebrated—tree.
Rather than haul it out for the garbage collector, the best thing to do with your holiday tree is to mulch it. Chipping up your tree is a great way to create healthy, organic matter that is ideal to put on top of the soil—similar to what happens to dead trees in a natural forest.… Read more >>
After working at TreePeople for five years, and attending many Citizen Forester events, I finally led my own tree planting. I’ve always known that TreePeople’s Citizen Foresters are amazing people, but I’ve never understood precisely what these volunteers go through to lead plantings in their neighborhoods.
In my personal life, I am a board member for the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council. Awhile back, Jerry, one of my fellow board members, mentioned that a section of North Atwater desperately needed trees. He looped me into the project concept, and we worked with the city and a local landscape architect to build a simple plan to plant ten trees (six Western Redbuds and four Catalina Ironwoods) on the street.… Read more >>
TreePeople and the U.S. Forest Service are gearing up for our fourth 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 we need your help supervising and educating thousands of volunteers who will plant 10,000 seedlings in the 2014 season.
Become a leader and join our team as a Forest Restoration Supervisor! Without the work of our volunteer supervisors, we would not only be unable to safely accommodate all the volunteers, but we would be unable to plant with the success that we have over the past planting seasons.… Read more >>
In case you missed it in The New York Times, “This year, for the first time in memory, the monarch butterflies didn’t come, at least not on the Day of the Dead. They began to straggle in a week later than usual, in record-low numbers. Last year’s low of 60 million now seems great compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year. Some experts fear that the spectacular migration could be near collapse.”
WOW!… Read more >>