TreePeople in 2014: Drought Action, Integrated Agency Collaborations and Expanding our Reach to Angelenos

Volunteers in the Santa Monica Mountains

TreePeople’s 40-year legacy of using nature to heal our cities reached a pinnacle this year. In response to the historic drought, we grew our work in LA’s neighborhoods, schools and homes, made headway in our mountain restoration projects, and expanded our policy work to share solutions with agencies for a more drought-secure, climate-resilient LA.

We reached new heights despite climate challenges and limited resources. All this said, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our goals without the devoted support of our volunteers, partners, educators and donors.… Read more >>

Cómo Funcionan los Árboles

Los árboles son cruciales para nosotros y la supervivencia de nuestras comunidades. Pero ¿sabes cómo funcionan? Mira este video para aprender cómo árboles usan herramientas como la fotosíntesis y la respiración para hacer la energía que necesitan para prosperar y suministrar el aire precioso que respiramos.


Volunteer Spotlight: Wendy Hagan

Granada Hills Charter High School forest restoration voluntere

TreePeople fosters relationships—with the Earth, our cities and with each other, no matter our ages or backgrounds. It’s this multi-generational value that forges lasting bonds and a passion to cherish and protect the environment. Enter Wendy Hagan, a local science teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School. Her story dates back years ago. A native Southern Californian, she volunteered with us back when she herself was in elementary school.

“I remember going to a TreePeople event with my school when I was in the 5th grade.… Read more >>

Concrete and Mulch: Industrial Downtown gets the Green Treatment

Coach Ron cares for trees in LA's downtown

Skid Row and its surrounding communities often are labeled with associations of sprawling concrete and warehouses, rampant homelessness, drug use and destitution. Though green spaces and trees aren’t a big part of the landscape (yet), this neighborhood is a vibrant corner of the city that offers a place to begin again to its residents who often have nowhere else to go. There is a thriving art scene, colorful community and a palpable sense of altruism here that often goes uncelebrated by the mainstream.… Read more >>

Wall Street Journal: L.A. Considers Ways to Collect Rainwater

Runoff from the Los Angeles River on Friday after a heavy rainstorm. The river flows mostly into the Pacific Ocean. REUTERS

LA is turning a corner toward being a more water-secure city, and TreePeople is proud to be a principal partner in the city’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan. This cross-agency vision is providing tangible hope for weaning LA off our vulnerable imported water supply. Though change is beginning to happen, there’s a long way to go. Read more in this story from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

LOS ANGELES—A bone-dry span of eight months has come to a close as rainstorms finally drenched the Southern California region.… Read more >>

Sending Our Stellar 2014 Volunteers a Big ‘Thank You!’


The third year of drought caused dramatic effects pushing TreePeople staff and volunteers into high gear in 2014. Though it was challenging, the drought gave us the opportunity to implement new programs like the Irricades. We also adapted existing programs, like our drought response park tree care events, to best counter the effects of the dry conditions on trees and native plants throughout our city. This helped us continue to make deep, expansive impacts with the support of thousands of our dedicated, incredibly hardworking volunteers.… Read more >>

Sourcing a Sustainable Christmas Tree

Tree Dedication

Have you ever wondered what the environmentally responsible choice is for your Christmas cheer? Should you get a tree or no not? Real or fake? Rent or buy? These are some questions many of us face this time of year. No matter what’s your decision, there are some great points to learn.

Trees clean the air, capture water, reduce crime and combat climate change—they do so much for us. In short, trees are the lungs of our planet. It’s no wonder that we want to bring them inside and lovingly decorate them.… Read more >>