Volunteers in Action: Topanga Creek Restoration

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Nearly every weekend, TreePeople and our volunteers head up into the Santa Monica Mountains to restore the natural landscape. Through our Mountain Restoration programs, we revegetate the ecosystem—planting a full spectrum of native plants from wildflowers to trees in order to restore the biological function of the land—and remove invasive species so that plants, animals, and people can thrive.

If you spend most of your time in the city, it can be easy to overlook the importance of our local forests and to forget about the ways they help Los Angeles thrive. But healthy forests replenish and clean groundwater supplies, and filter air for urban communities. Plus—and this is especially crucial as we move into the summer months—healthy forests help us combat wildfires.

Last Sunday, a group of TreePeople volunteers led by Cody Chappel, our Wildland Restoration Manager, spent their Sunday morning at Topanga Creek to care for creek-side native vegetation. Through their work, Topanga Creek is flourishing as a habitat for turtles, deer, steelhead trout, and other animals.

These landscapes need constant care to ensure they remain healthy, and we need your help! Visit our website to find out how to become a TreePeople volunteer, and our calendar to find a day that works for you. And check out our photos below to see our amazing volunteers in action!

 

To kick off the event, volunteer supervisors transferred & set up a 1400-foot hose down to the event site.

To kick off the event, volunteer supervisors transferred & set up a 1400-foot hose down to the event site.

 

1400 feet! Our volunteer supervisors are amazing.

1400 feet! Our volunteer supervisors are amazing.

 

Our volunteers are the mightiest volunteers!

Our volunteers are the mightiest volunteers!

 

Volunteers cleared a huge patch of bamboo with machetes and clippers, making room for native plants to grow.

Volunteers cleared a huge patch of bamboo with machetes and clippers, making room for native plants to grow.

You too could look this awesome if you volunteer with TreePeople.

You too could look this awesome if you volunteer with TreePeople.

 

Taking care of business!

Taking care of business!

 

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped out last weekend!

 

Elizabeth Weinberg is TreePeople's Social Media Specialist, a DC-based writer, and a lover of trees.