6 Years Healing a Burn Area Changed Me Forever

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The Sayre Fire of 2008 burned over 11,000 acres in Sylmar and resulted in the loss of nearly 500 homes. It was the worst loss of homes due to fire in LA’s history. That Thanksgiving, I happened to be taking my first trip to Los Angeles. I remember passing the destruction on the way out of town and feeling shivers at the charred landscape, a burnt-out bricolage of black, gray and ashen white. I had never seen evidence of a wildfire so close.Read more >>

ICYMI: TreePeople in the Sunday New York Times and Christian Science Monitor!

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Exciting news! This week, TreePeople’s rainwater capture leadership in a drought-stricken LA was highlighted in two national stories.

Last Sunday the New York Times’ piece, Storm Water, Long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California’s Salvation, quoted our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis pointing out, “There’s a massive amount of water we throw away.” Even in 2013, the driest year on record, “it still rained 3.6 inches on Los Angeles, and we threw away 12 billion gallons.”

The Christian Science Monitor’s, How California residents are changing the water landscape,” featured our StormCatcher Project, “which aims to convert rainwater from flooding nuisance into an ally in Los Angeles’s quest to sustain local groundwater sources, improve flood control, and cut pollution reaching the Pacific Ocean during intense storms.Read more >>

WANTED: Friendly Faces to Empower LA!

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How did you first hear about TreePeople?

Probably word of mouth. Maybe a friend invited you to plant trees with them at one of our volunteer events, or shared one of our blogs on Facebook.

Word of mouth is a powerful tool. As a non-profit, it’s a tool we rely on to grow our organization and fulfill our mission of growing a greener LA.

Thankfully, we have an amazing crew of outreach volunteers to help. These special people are a friendly face in the community who represent us at special events all over Los Angeles County–community festivals, environmental fairs, concerts and so on.Read more >>

Let’s Reimagine our Water Supply

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It’s no secret. Los Angeles needs water.

Even with the promise of this year’s El Niño rains, California’s drought is expected to continue. It’s time to rethink how we use this precious resource.

Think about it. We import 80 percent of our water. In an average four-person household, 68 percent of our water is used for functions that don’t require drinking-quality water– like toilet flushing, landscape irrigation or washing clothes. Yet, that 68 percent is the same quality water as the water we drink.Read more >>

10 Plants to Fight Erosion

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Don’t let this warm weather fool you! The El Niño storm season has begun and forecasters are predicting more storms through April. If storms roll through, we can anticipate flooding, mudslides and property damage. Don’t sound the alarm just yet, though. Now is the perfect time to take action. (Plus, storms or not, putting the RIGHT plants in the ground helps cool our environment and beautify our neighborhoods!)

After you’ve assessed your property and installed rain tanks or barrels to divert water away from slopes, it’s time to plant!Read more >>

How 186 Students Changed Their Campus

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We believe access to green spaces should be a student right.

Think about it. Among countless benefits, green spaces are proven to boost academic achievement, minimize the effects of ADHD and reduce stress. That’s why we love school greening projects! It’s critically linked to student success.

We’re inspired by schools like El Camino High School in Woodland Hills. They get it! In January the students of ECHS invited us to partner with them to beautify their campus. We’re seriously impressed by these young people’s work.Read more >>

Host an Eco-birthday with TreePeople!

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Looking for an unforgettably fun and educational birthday venue for your favorite little one? Celebrate with TreePeople!

Learn about nature and our role in protecting and preserving the environment. Plus, your contribution to our Eco-birthday party program helps to support TreePeople’s critical work in the community and local mountains and watershed.

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We offer two types of interactive parties, both of which are lead by TreePeople educators:

Forest Fun Birthday

(Recommended for ages 5-6)

Wander along the forest trails of Coldwater Canyon Park using your senses to play a variety of interactive nature games and activities that are fun for all!Read more >>