I Am TreePeople: Maya Alarcon

TreePeople Outreach Volunteer, Maya Alarcon

TreePeople Outreach Volunteer, Maya Alarcon

I Am TreePeople: Maya Alarcon

 TreePeople has a legacy of mobilizing communities. But it’s the stories of the people at the roots of our work that inspire us every day to keep greening our city for generations to come.

Meet Maya Alarcon, a TreePeople volunteer and the first in the lineup for our story series, “I Am TreePeople.”

How did you hear about TreePeople? 

Maya heard about TreePeople all the way back in her early childhood in the 80’s when she visited Coldwater Canyon Park on a field trip.… Read more >>

Where did 356 sq ft of Asphalt go at El Dorado Elementary School?

El Dorado Elementary School students at a TreePeople planting

Across two weekends last month, more than 200 volunteers, kids, parents, teachers and TreePeople staff gathered to put 46 trees in the ground at El Dorado Elementary School in Sylmar, deep in the San Fernando Valley.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

We primed the location ahead of the big day by tearing out 356 sq ft of asphalt to give the trees a nice, porous home to lay their roots in.… Read more >>

TreePeople Hosts 70 Fullbright Scholars

Fullbright Scholars visit TreePeople

I’ve shared our park on hundreds of tours in my six-year tenure at TreePeople including curious residents, City Council staff, State Legislators and even the Mayor of a Mexican city. All these experiences have been rewarding. However, this past week, we had the unique pleasure of hosting 70 Fulbright Scholarship students.

The group was having their annual enrichment seminar centered on “Civic Engagement – Environmental Initiatives for a Sustainable Future,” which  fits right in with our work here in Los Angeles.… Read more >>

3 Things You Can Do with TreePeople to Cool LA

TreePeople in the Angeles Forest

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you know that climate change is humanity’s most urgent challenge. And you likely have an inkling that TreePeople has some viable solutions to offer. You’re correct. With the announcement that 2014 was the Earth’s hottest year in recorded history, it’s clearer than ever that we must get planting, and fast.

Because of climate change, by mid-century Los Angeles is predicted to warm by approximately 5 degrees Fahrenheit, according to an in-depth study by UCLA.Read more >>

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.

Read on for the full story from California ReLeaf.

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 >>

How to Take Charge of Your Water Supply and Harvest the Rain


Would it sound crazy if we said you’re taking showers, flushing your toilet and watering your lawn with Evian water?

Pretty much. But Angelenos use about half of all their drinking-quality water for landscaping (!), 20% to flush their toilets and a whopping 18% for showering—If not exactly Evian brand, it’s water that could be saved for its most vital uses.

Imagine how many gallons of precious potable water that could be saved if we captured the rain. Not only would we significantly reduce our need for imported water (which makes up nearly 90% of LA’s water supply), but we’d also protect the dwindling fresh drinking water supply available.… Read more >>