Happy World Water Day, LA – There’s Hope Yet

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TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

Water scarcity is certainly a worldwide issue, but we in LA know the seriousness of it. Did you know that California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs?

The good news is that our city is getting serious about creating a local, reliable water supply – and TreePeople is helping to bring to it the best global models.

TreePeople has been intensely involved in solving LA’s local water problems since the 1990s.… Read more >>

7 Reasons to Volunteer In the Angeles National Forest


Only a massive effort by TreePeople volunteers makes it possible to replant and restore the fire-damaged areas of the Angeles National Forest.

1. You’ll help restore the forest’s pristine beauty.

Angeles Forest Restoration

In 2009, 161,000 acres (approximately 25%) of the Angeles National Forest was destroyed by fire stripping the forests of Manzanita, sumac, sycamore and pine trees. 11,000 of those acres burned too deep for the forest to recover through natural processes.

Since then, working with the U.S. Forest Service, we’ve relied on volunteers to care for new saplings and help plant new trees while the soil conditions and temperature are optimal.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Tim Douglass


“Some of these trees that l’m planting today I may not see in my lifetime, but I know that my kids’ kids could sit under one of these trees.”

TreePeople has a legacy of inspiring activism, but it’s the stories of our volunteers that inspire us to keep coming together to build a sustainable future.

Meet Tim Douglass, a TreePeople volunteer and Mountain Forestry Supervisor.


“We only have one environment and we have a responsibility to take care of it.”

Tim got involved with TreePeople after the Angeles Forest “Station Fire” of 2009.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

Pecoima residents

More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

Victory for a More Climate-Resilient LA: Fuentes and Bonin’s Motion Approved by City Council

LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes

Today, by unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council made a major move towards becoming a more climate-resilient city. Not only does LA face a current drought and worsening long-term water shortages, but we also are experiencing increased storm intensity and flooding when it does rain. Thanks to today’s passage of City Council members Felipe Fuentes and Mike Bonin’s motion on stormwater management guidelines for public street construction and reconstruction, LA will begin to adapt its public street and related infrastructure to capture the rain instead of sending it out to sea.… Read more >>

New LA Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance Takes Its First Steps at TreePeople Center

TreePeople hosts first meeting of LA's Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

TreePeople has always imagined our conference center here at Coldwater Canyon Park as a space that fosters important conversations around sustainability. Over the years, it has held a host of events including a State Assembly Committee hearing, collaborative discussions on infrastructure, to name a couple. Last Saturday’s event, the kick-off forum for the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance, was very special to me.

Neighborhood Councils are a unique concept created to help solve many of the Los Angeles “big city” issues. Created in 2003, there are now 96 neighborhood councils, led by volunteers to ensure their communities receive the services they need and that the City government is responsive to their desires.… Read more >>

Boys and Girls Club Youth Care for Local Park Trees


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.

Boys and Girls CLub Tree Care Event in Penmark Park

Boys and Girls Club teens at a TreePeople tree care event in Penmar Park, February 23rd, 2015.