5 Reasons to Celebrate Biodiversity Day

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The United Nations has named May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity! But why does biodiversity matter, and what does it mean for you?

At the highest level, biodiversity refers to all the different species on planet Earth. But on a much smaller scale, you could study the biodiversity within a local ecosystem, like the Santa Monica Mountains, the LA River or a neighborhood park.

The Earth is an incredibly complex machine, with all its interrelated organisms and ecosystems playing an important and necessary part.… Read more >>

Student Eco Club Greens Campus

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Did you know green space is essential to a healthy childhood? In fact, studies have proven that students with regular access to green spaces are on average happier, more focused, physically fit and have higher levels of self-esteem.

We’re big believers that trees can heal, which is why we brought nearly 50 volunteers together on May 2nd to plant 24 trees on the campus of Sylmar Elementary School in Sylmar, California. Sylmar’s campus is located in an economically challenged area, and their campus lacks adequate canopy coverage and safe spaces for kids to play.… Read more >>

How to Have Fun & Make A Difference As A Volunteer Supervisor

New Volunteer Supervisors Arianna Yunker, Jessica Garibay, Michael Hicks, Christian Pelayo, Cristina Garcia, and Jesse Flores.

Did you know we host volunteer opportunities nearly every weekend? Our events bring thousands of people together to lend a hand in our local forests to heal our mountains, dig in at city parks, chip in to green LA’s schools and help beautify and maintain our own Coldwater Canyon Park every year. Together we are a powerful force with the support of our dedicated community, and these events wouldn’t be the enjoyable experiences they are without our corp of committed Volunteer Supervisors.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Janie Thompson

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Without the hard work of community, we couldn’t do what we do. This month, we’re spotlighting a volunteer whose love of trees lead her to water. Meet Janie Thompson, TreePeople Citizen Arborist and advocate for water conservation, whose home has been called a model of water conservation practices by LA Councilmember Paul Koretz and the LADWP.

When Janie moved to LA in the 1980s, she was amazed at the variety of plants and trees that would grow here. “Had I been given that knowledge [which plants are climate-appropriate] that would have been so valuable,” she says now, but back then she planted on her Encino property without much regard for the local climate.… Read more >>

LA Psychiatrist Prescribes A Walk Among His 120 Trees

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Trees and people are inextricably linked, and our mutual relationship has the power to heal and create change. Meet a local Angeleno who walks this talk.

Dr. David May, a psychiatrist and TreePeople neighbor, has been busy linking trees and people since he first happened upon our nursery and met our resident Arborist Linda Eremita in 1998. Since then, he’s gone on to plant over 120 trees, many of them sourced directly from our nursery (which at the time grew trees for the public).… Read more >>

Don’t Let LA’s Trees Become Casualties of the Drought

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An Urgent Arbor Day Message from TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

As I drive through LA this beautiful spring my heart is breaking. In every street, in every block, I see trees in decline.

This is a quiet crisis, and it’s accelerating.

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Andy Lipkis spoke at the City’s Save the Drop campaign launch in April.

Earlier this month I sat in a presentation by the Urban Forester of Santa Monica. He said that after four years of drought, our trees’ ability to take up water has atrophied, especially in trees not native to our region.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Merrill Koss

It’s not every day someone joins us and instantly connects with our staff and community, but when they do, we take notice!

Meet Merrill Koss, this month’s featured volunteer.

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Discovering TreePeople

Merrill started volunteering with us in November 2014, after discovering one of our flyers in one of his favorite places to hike: Coldwater Canyon Park, our headquarters.

“I was always rushing all the time and for some reason I decided to stop,” he recalled. “And I said, I’m going to read one of those TreePeople pamphlets.… Read more >>