I Am TreePeople: Yujuan Chen

Los Angeles is on the cusp of something big. Every day, more and more Angelenos are waking up to the threats climate change and extreme heat bring to life in the city.

For over 40 years, TreePeople has committed itself to fighting for a greener and healthier Los Angeles. From Watts to the Santa Monica Mountains, TreePeople has planted over 3 million trees in partnership with millions of Angelenos, but planting trees is only the start. Our Policy & Research department tackles the tough issues facing our climate reality– from securing a safe, local water supply, to working to creating an Urban Forestry Master Plan– and makes sure the voices of the people reach not only the halls of power in Downtown LA, but to Sacramento and beyond.  Read more >>

First Look: 300 Free Fruit Trees Planted for San Fernando

If there’s one thing Angelenos can agree on, it’s that we have a special place in our hearts for fruit trees.

From classic citrus, savory stone fruit, or (the millennial favorite) avocado, our city is blessed to have these trees thrive and bloom all year long. So it’s no surprise that there was no shortage of excitement from eager residents during our latest free Fruit Tree Distribution at San Fernando’s Pacoima Wash Natural Park earlier this month.

LA’s Northeast San Fernando Valley is a “food desert”– or an area where a high percentage of households have limited access to grocery stores with healthy, nutritious foods.Read more >>

$35 Million to Heal Watts

Watts’ history is a tangled fabric of beauty and tension. Like threads weaving through a quilt, its story is a mixed patchwork of personality, diversity– but also pain. Streets running through the city hold deep memories of conflict and fire, but like the Watts Towers, the people’s resilience and character are strong. It’s been 53 years since the uprising that left $40 million in damages in its wake. The people here have suffered ongoing chronic health problems, crime and poverty, but change is coming for this historic community in the heart of LA.Read more >>

Cooling LA to Save Lives

How do you cope with heat waves? Do you go swimming? Go to the movies? Crank up the air conditioning and stay home?

While these are all great options for most of us, many of these are not available to our fellow Angelenos. Half of LA’s households do not have air conditioning. For some households, turning on the A/C is not always an option when paying for electricity means less money for food or healthcare.

Imagine the people who rely on public transportation– these Angelenos have little to no protection as they fry in the sun on the way to work or school.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Neenah and Tiffany Paige

In 1981, TreePeople set a lofty goal to plant 1 million trees in Los Angeles by the start of the 1984 Olympics. This would be a towering feat for any organization, but TreePeople gathered all of its muscle to get it done.

Many trees were distributed through local schools and field trips to TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park. Our staff and volunteers gave out tens of thousands of Canary Island pines at school presentations in the early 80’s. Here, students and families took a pledge to care for the tiny saplings and give them a new home in yards and gardens throughout Los Angeles.Read more >>

2017: Making Strides in Creating a Climate-Ready LA

Happy New Year!

From the TreePeople family to yours, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and New Years! We are starting off 2018 with a tremendous feeling of gratitude due to all of the milestones we reached last year– all which not have been possible if it wasn’t for people like you!

Let’s take a look back at some of the top 2017 highlights:

PROTECTING AND RESTORING LA’s URBAN FOREST

Our Forestry Department and their amazing volunteers were busy bees in 2017!Read more >>

7 Perfect Native Additions to Your Garden

What’s your favorite California native plant?

If you’re drawing a blank, then this blog is for you. Not only are these native plants a beautiful addition to any garden, they provide a sense of place.

California natives are perfectly suited to our Mediterranean climate. They thrive in the cool, wet winters and dry summers– making them a water-wise gardener’s best friend. What really makes native plants such a lovely addition is their ability to connect us to the land– to the smells, textures and beauty of the surrounding mountains and open spaces that are “native” to our area.Read more >>

Coldwater Canyon Park: 40 Years in Paradise

I’m a very lucky guy. Every work day I get to escape LA and head on up into the Santa Monica Mountains to Coldwater Canyon Park, TreePeople’s home and campus above Studio City. In my “office space” I help manage a uniquely beautiful 45-acres of tree-lined trails, quiet picnic areas, benches with wonderful views of the Valley, rustic natural hillsides– plus a Watershed Garden, a nursery, an intimate amphitheatre, a LEED-Platinum Conference Center and more. The best part though is that it’s all available 365 days of the year to all the other lucky people who happen to come our way.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Josephine Yadegar

The Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles is going through some big changes. Once a working-class community of second and third generation immigrant families, Highland Park is now on the front lines of the gentrification battle in Los Angeles. Small family-run businesses are now trendy bars and nightclubs, neighborhood restaurants now foodie pop-ups.

Tucked away off the main hustle and bustle of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, is San Pasqual Avenue Elementary school. Here, a collection of wonderful teachers is working hard to provide the best for the children of both long-time residents and newcomers.Read more >>

Fires, Drought & Climate Change Terrorize Southland

Winds roar. A single spark soars in the night sky. It grows. Soon a field illuminates, a hillside, a forest. The last rains were months ago and the next chance of a storm is unknown. Flames rage toward homes. Thousands flee into the darkness, headlights searching for a way out of the suffocating smoke.

This is our new reality. It’s no secret that this scary scene has played out with greater and greater frequency over the last few years. We now stand at the crossroads of a chronic state of climate emergency aimed right at California.Read more >>