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Dear Friends,

The national election has left our country dangerously divided and vulnerable to climate change’s growing, deadly impacts like drought, heat, flooding, and fires.

We now face efforts to dismantle progress made to fight climate change and protect our environment. So, for everyone ready to unite and stand up for a better climate, we are here and we welcome you.  

Californians CAN have a future where every neighborhood has green space, where every child grows up breathing easier under the shade of a tree, and where we unite to prepare our families and communities for what lies ahead.Read more >>

TreePeople and NRDC: Rain to the Rescue

Though the national election has left us concerned about our climate future, the environment was a clear winner in LA with the passing of Measures M and Measure A providing expanded public transportation and safe park spaces for Angelenos.

LA is taking steps in the right direction to adapt and is supporting the right policies, but some people are asking, “What else can be done?”

TreePeople and NRDC Release Groundbreaking Water Policy Brief

In the face of ongoing drought and climate change impacts, TreePeople partnered with the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to co-author an issue brief sharing the importance of capturing stormwater to increase California’s local water supply.Read more >>

#LAStormCatcher: Hope for LA’s Water Future

California is in the grips of a fifth year of drought, impacting our region’s water security.

However, Los Angeles County communities can achieve a climate-resilient future and adapt to the impacts of ongoing heat, drought and pollution. It’s not just something that TreePeople believes– it’s something we’re actively working toward in partnership with our region’s largest water agencies.

 

We want to create an entirely new system from one home at a time throughout all the cities in the County by reusing, recycling or recharging.

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Soil. Water. Life

Soil moisture: why is it important for you and and your garden? Why it is important for LA and its issues with the urban heat island effect and other challenges?

Soil, Water, Life

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Here at TreePeople, we sometimes wonder where the tree ends and the soil begins.  Fallen leaves and branches decompose and  create soil, which creates trees, which drop branches and leaves creating more soil.

We also love to think about the tree-water-soil connection. Where does water end and soil or tree begin?Read more >>

Los Angeles Needs Stormwater Infrastructure

As a lifelong Los Angeles resident, I understand the extremes that mother nature can throw at us. I recall the droughts of my youth, when we were all urged to be thoughtful about our water use and conserve. I also remember vividly the opposite extreme, when that scarcity turned to plenty, neighborhoods flooded and streams and beaches poisoned by a toxic stew of polluted runoff.

Years later, as Assemblymember representing the San Fernando Valley and then as a LADWP Assistant General Manager, I began to look upon these weather extremes with a sense of obligation.… Read more >>

Have You Spotted These 10 LA Trees?

Time for a quick lesson in dendrology! How many of these trees have you seen around your neighborhood? Here’s the countdown:

10. Bauhinia variegata (Purple orchid tree)

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The Bauhinia variegata is a semi-evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia. Not only do the flowers that grow on these trees smell amazing, but they are also used in various foods!

9. Cassia leptophylla (Gold medallion tree)

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The Cassia leptophylla is a semi-evergreen tree with clusters of bright yellow flowers and brown seedpods.Read more >>

Op-Ed: How Drought-Tolerant Landscapes Can Cool LA

Los Angeles is a very unique place with complex challenges when it comes to both water and climate. Moving toward a more climate-resilient LA is a complicated task with a multitude of paths towards a solution. Looking further into how water is used, either through landscape transformations or how water use will affect local temperatures in the future are a step in the right direction for LA. Thankfully, a study by Professor George Ban-Weiss from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering about how changing from traditional lawns to drought tolerant landscape could have an effect on temperatures in LA has been released to assess if changing to drought tolerant landscaping will change temperatures in LA.Read more >>

3 Water Saving Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

“Flat is so passe…until 1825 it was seldom, if in any year, that the river discharged even during the rainy season its waters into the sea. Instead of having a river way to the sea, the waters spread over the country, filling the depressions in the surface and forming lakes, ponds and marshes. The river water, if any, that reached the ocean drained off from the land at so many places, and in such small volumes, that no channel existed until the flood of 1825, which, by cutting a river way to tide water, drained the marsh land and caused the forests to disappear.”

-Colonel J.Read more >>

DON’T Make This Tree Pruning Mistake: Q’s to Ask a Professional

This is the third blog in a three part series. Visit part one (on why tree topping is harmful) and two (on when and how much is appropriate to trim) here.

So, you’re ready to prune your trees?  Not so fast!



Here at TreePeople, we strongly recommend hiring a professional tree trimming service to ensure your trees are healthy and properly pruned. If you’re thinking about hiring a professional, make sure you ask these four questions before they get near your trees!Read more >>

Check out these Inspiring Water-Wise Students!

We are so impressed! Congratulations to all the schools that participated in the Streets to the Sea Challenge!  The Challenge recognizes students who organize service-learning projects around stormwater pollution prevention and water-wise solutions.

This year, 11 schools from around Los Angeles County were selected for the final round of judging held at Disney Synergy Lab, one of their Burbank animation studios. The competition offered one middle school and one high school a chance to win a trip to the Floating Lab, a boat adventure filled with marine science fun.  Read more >>