Can Books Save Trees?


Here at TreePeople, we believe nature and learning are intimately connected. In fact, studies have proven kids who spend time outside among trees have dramatically improved academic performance. Now this has come full circle— with a book helping trees!

Earlier this year, Cornelia Funke, an award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, best known for her young adult series, Inkheart, generously donated a 16th century copy of The Workes of Geffray Chaucer to TreePeople. Cornelia has been a longtime friend and supporter of ours, and was recently moved to generously give in the hope of seeing LA become a more shaded, green city.… Read more >>

Is Los Angeles Ready For El Nino?


El Niño is likely to be heading our way this winter, bringing upwards of 30 inches of rain to Los Angeles. So, the drought is essentially over—right? Wrong.

Well, that is, unless we prepare properly.

Unfortunately, as the climate shifts, we can expect to see drought and floods as two sides of the same coin. As we adapt to this new norm, we can expect both drier conditions and more severe storms. Unless we adopt new habits, like learning to responsibly capture those drops, we can expect drought conditions to continue.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Kayla Imhoff


“I was born here—in the trees.” she said, laughing. It was a joke, of course. But for Kayla Imhoff, TreePeople’s Marketing and Communications Intern, it’s not too far from the truth.

TreePeople has played a big role in Kayla’s life, starting in early childhood. Her mother, Chris Imhoff, joined the organization as an intern in the early 1980’s, and has remained part of the TreePeople family ever since. She now serves as Senior Director of Programs. Kayla was homeschooled, which meant summer days exploring nature here in Coldwater Canyon Park and doing homework under the trees.… Read more >>

Are Your Young Trees Getting Enough Water?


In light of the historic California drought, we can’t stress enough the importance of watering our trees. Trees offer our city innumerable benefits, from combating climate change, to cutting back on our energy costs, to conserving groundwater and more! Our trees are priceless. We must do everything in our power to keep them safe for our city’s health.

In light of this call, do YOU know how much water your trees need? For instance, did you know young trees and mature trees are cared for differently?… Read more >>

Will Sidewalk Repairs Mean Trouble for LA Trees?

Protect city trees

The wrong tree planted in the wrong place can be detrimental. This is hardly new to Angelenos. We’ve all seen city walkways torn up by the roots of trees that were poorly planned.

Damaged sidewalks in Los Angeles have created severe limitations for mobility-impaired residents, and that led to a lawsuit. Now the Willits Settlement calls for the city to designate $1.4 billion over the next 30 years for sidewalk repair. TreePeople supports this.

However, we also believe this provides an opportunity to look at the City’s interrelated goals, including urban heat protection, local water supply, stormwater quality, street repair, and flood prevention and how they may intersect with the work done on sidewalk replacement.… Read more >>

Mulch Now, Plant Later


Did you know California residents use more than 50% of our drinking water to water their yards?

It’s true! In fact, a 1,000 square foot lawn with an average sprinkler system uses about 25,000 gallons of water per year. In the midst of a historic drought, that’s precious water we simply can’t afford to waste!

Luckily, the drought is teaching us to use our resources more wisely—to let our lawns go golden, while still watering our trees — and to plant water wise natives at home.… Read more >>

I Am Tree People: Peter Roquemore


Meet Peter Roquemore, our new Volunteer Manager.

“It’s serendipitous!” Peter said, showing off his wrist tattoo. It reads “Unless,” in homage to the famous line in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Peter has always had an interest in the environment. But it was during his college years when he spent time near the coal fields in West Pennsylvania that he first realized the importance of conservation to protect the most vulnerable communities.… Read more >>