Engaging youth is a cornerstone of TreePeople’s values, dating back to when our founder Andy Lipkis started replanting forests at just 15 years old. In the spirit of our roots, we offered a group of teens from a local Boys and Girls Club a series of workshops leading up to a tree care event in Penmar Park in Santa Monica on February 23rd.
Have you ever heard of a little beetle named the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB)? Despite their small size, these little terrors (stowed away from Asia) are now packing a big punch, killing trees in droves in Southern California.
How Trees Die
Pregnant female beetles attack hundreds of tree species, boring under the bark and depositing fungi namely Fusarium euwallacae along the way to feed their young. The fungi cause a disease in some trees called Fusarium Dieback, which is lethal.… Read more >>
We’re proud to have helped LA City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ Green Sustainable Streets Motion (Council File 14-0748) that yesterday was approved to move on to the full City Council.
Streets have been part of LA’s water problem for too long. They’ve been built as conduits to funnel stormwater quickly out into storm drains, creating polluted runoff along the way. Instead, streets can be part of the city’s “green infrastructure,” allowing stormwater to soak into the ground, into tree roots, and through other natural filters so that we not only lessen water pollution, but we capture a clean, secure local water supply.… Read more >>
Last month during the height of the scant LA rainfall, KCET SoCal Connected’s Val Zavala interviewed our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis on the importance of capturing every drop that falls to wean our city off imported water and strengthen our local water supply.
Read on for the full story and be sure to watch his interview with Zavala.
You can bet that it doesn’t rain cats and dogs here in Southern California. But that’s no excuse not to prepare and capture the rain that does fall.… Read more >>
No matter if you’re celebrating “Single’s Awareness Day,” or if you’re spending the day with your sweetie, TreePeople has your tree-love needs covered!
Get Some Fresh Air: Take a Trip to Los Feliz for a Park Tree Planting!
In honor of St. Valentine, we’re spreading the love in the heart of LA at a very special tree planting. Feel free to come stag, or with that special someone. You can look forward to get your hands dirty to put some Deodar Cedars, Catalina Ironwoods, Incense Cedars and Tonyons in the ground to make this LA park even more beautiful!… Read more >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Ya que has sembrado su nuevo árbol, ahora ¿qué? Mira este video para ver como estacar correctamente su árbol para que crezca fuerte mientras es protegida del viento y otros daños. ¡Debemos cuidar nuestros árboles, así nos cuidan a nosotros!
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 >>
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.