I Am TreePeople : Carrie Wassenaar

“We could make a huge impact,” Carrie Wassenaar says, reflecting on simple steps people can take at home to grow a green LA. Carrie is a shining example of an Angeleno taking action.

A transplant from the midwest, Carrie’s love for nature started young. “My mother was huge into gardening,” she recalled. Even after 18 years in Los Angeles, she misses the rich, green surroundings of her hometown. But as she’s set down roots here in the city, she’s incorporated elements of her childhood upbringing into her routine.Read more >>

YOU Can Help Green LA Parks!

Angelenos love parks! They beautify our city, create space for us to gather, play and protect our health. Here at TreePeople, we believe parks are a critical resource for a climate-resilient LA.

Right now, citizens like you have an opportunity to provide input on the future of our parks. The County is currently involved in a 15 month process to assess how we can improve and expand our parks, as well as maximize the benefits they bring to local communities. Community members are invited to give feedback at in community input sessions being held over the next five months.Read more >>

Be a Leader. Install a Rain Tank!

Would you believe that this diagram represents what you can capture with just one inch of rain? Pretty impressive, huh?

Capturing stormwater is rapidly becoming part of the new LA lifestyle. After all, why use drinking water on your yard when you can harvest the rain for FREE? But before you make a purchase, do your research. It may be in your best interest to hire a landscape contractor to offer guidance tailored to your needs.

First, ask yourself these TWO questions to determine if this is a simple DIY project or if it’s time to call in a contractor.Read more >>

New Year, New You!

Happy New Year!

We’re excited to work with you to kick off our work in 2016! This year, we’re ramping up to plant and care for more trees in our local mountains. We’re empowering Angelenos to capture stormwater to create a water-secure region. We’re educating the next generation of leaders to care for our urban forests. We feel grateful to be involved in this work!

As we head into the new year, we want to hear from you!… Read more >>

Is Your Community Prepared for El Nino?

A few years back, a colleague received a frantic call from his wife in California while we were overseas. A brush fire was bearing down on their house. Worse yet, she wasn’t home and their pets were trapped. Fortunately, the house was spared and the pets were safe. However, in that moment, their lack of preparation had them in a last minute frenzy.

There’s no way to anticipate the impact a natural disasters will have, but we should all take the proper precautions in advance.… Read more >>

Our 10 Favorite Accomplishments of 2015

Can you believe 2015 is over? It feels like it just started!

We had a big year here at TreePeople! We worked with Angelenos at the community and policy levels to make a difference in our city, and we’re thrilled by the results. Here are 10 of our proudest accomplishments from the past year:

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1. Over 9,600 elementary students visited Coldwater Canyon Park for an Eco-tour to learn about the importance of trees, our watershed and how to live more sustainably!Read more >>

8 Trees Giving Us ALL the Holiday Feels

In the midst of the holiday rush, we’re taking time to appreciate the little things. What better way to slow down and savor the spirit of the season than to celebrate trees? Trees are joy makers! To prove our point, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tree moments from holiday movies.

The Grinch

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The Grinch may have stolen all of Whoville’s decorations and presents, but he didn’t steal their spirit! Nothing could stop the Whos from gathering around a tree and celebrating the most important part of the holidays: community.Read more >>

5 Reasons We NEED to Map Trees

You’ve heard it before: trees solve urban problems. They keep cities cool, they clean our air and they capture storm water. They are basically superheroes. With the stress of drought, it’s important to remember why trees matter.

But how can YOU help trees thrive in LA? You have heard of planting trees, maybe you have cared for trees–but have you ever mapped a tree? Mapping trees is an interactive process using TreeMapLA that helps us understand the ways a tree is serving our city.Read more >>

Can Christmas Trees Be Sustainable?

The holidays are here! It’s the time of year to dream of a lush Christmas tree, adorned in lights, right your living room. But you don’t have to sacrifice your sustainable lifestyle. We’re here to offer some great options, guilt free!

Real or Fake?

Unless you already own an artificial tree, go with real. Why? Well, because the time the tree spent alive benefitted the planet. Trees do so much for us: they clean the air, capture water, reduce crime and combat climate change.Read more >>

Prevent Erosion in 4 Simple Steps

Erosion.

With an El Niño headed our way, erosion is rapidly becoming a topic of concern. After several years of drought, much of our soil has become dry and severely compacted. Significant storms could mean flooding, mudslides and property damage. However, there’s no need to sound the alarm. Now is the perfect time to take action.

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Erosion is a natural process, but we can take simple steps to keep soil healthy and in place. If we take action before the storms hit, we can limit erosion, stabilize slopes and better manage stormwater that falls on our homes.Read more >>