Will Sidewalk Repairs Mean Trouble for LA Trees?

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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 >>

I Am Tree People: Peter Roquemore

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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 >>

Have Your Happily Ever After in Coldwater Canyon Park

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Looking for the perfect place for your “Happily Ever After”? TreePeople’s beautiful Coldwater Canyon Park has you covered offering stunning views and intimate settings to tie the knot.

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“We really wanted our ceremony to be outdoors and somewhere that felt a little private. We chose TreePeople in Los Angeles for it’s easy access, amazing views and secluded pathways,” said a recent happy Bride.

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And you have options! Here are some of the unique spaces you could use for your special day:

ConfrenceCenter-1TreePeople Conference Center: A perfect space to celebrate with your loved ones after you say your “I do’s.” What makes it even more special—it’s a Platinum-rated LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) building—celebrate sustainably!… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Summer Series Debuts with a Bang!

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The 13th season of TreePeople’s beloved “Once Upon a Canyon Night” summer series premiered last week with happy park goers ready for a night of fun under the stars.

The debut evening opened with a collection of talented, hilarious and profound female poets who made us laugh, cry and feel everything in between. The women joined us from our friends at the Actors Conservatory Ensemble to gift the audience a beautiful, memorable night.

16 year old spoken word artist, Belissa Escobedo

16 year old spoken word artist, Belissa Escobedo

Artists KiNG and Tonya Ingram

Artists KiNG and Tonya Ingram

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Alyesha Wise, aka “Ms.

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Andy Lipkis Talks Superheroes at TEDx UCLA

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Do you remember the last time you stopped to really look at a tree?  They’re central to our existence, and yet we often take them for granted. We pass trees daily, without stopping to consider their many benefits—from cooling our cities and streets, to conserving water, and beyond.

In June, our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis, was invited to speak at TEDx UCLA to share how trees are the real superheroes we’ve been looking for to create a water and climate-resilient Los Angeles.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Scarlet Sobraine

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If you walk into Yurt Village on a Tuesday, you might notice a head of purple hair peaking out from behind a computer. That’s Scarlet Sobraine, one of the fabulous volunteers at TreePeople.

“Keeping the planet alive is my legacy,” Sobraine says. As a third-generation Angeleno, creating a sustainable city is her top priority.

Our Resident Forest Creature

While she playfully refers to herself as a “forest creature” and a die-hard nature enthusiast, Scarlet has diligently sacrificed her time in an unexpected role: data entry.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Park Also Suffering From Drought

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This is—well, was—Elvis Presleaf, one of the oldest trees here in our park. After 80 years of life, Mr. Presleaf was just one of 18813838585_3399f1ee67_kdozens of trees in our park which have succumb to the debilitating drought.

Elvis played an important role in our Eco-tours. Over the past 20 years, he shaded nearly 200,000 visiting students at the Dirt Doctor Station, where kids learn the importance of soil.

It’s easy to forget how severely trees are affected by drought. After all, LA yards look pretty green.… Read more >>