I Am TreePeople : Vahagn Karapetyan

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“Good for your body, good for your mind, good for your confidence.”

At least, that’s how Vahagn Karapetyan, one of our Volunteer Supervisors, describes his involvement with TreePeople. In his years of service, we’ve truly come to rely on him. In fact, there’s an ongoing belief in our Forestry Department that when Vahagn signs up for an event, you can count him to do the work of 10 people.

Vahagn has been with us for over four years now, originally signing up for our Park Work Days here in Coldwater Canyon Park while he was still a student at UCLA.Read more >>

Celebrate our First Earth Day Soiree!

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2015 was the hottest year on record. Here in California, we’ve experienced years of extreme drought and are now faced with El24115389029_1b99f49580_k Niño flooding. Planet Earth desperately needs our attention and care.

That’s where you come in! Support our work to grow a green LA and celebrate Earth Day in style. Gather friends and join us for our first ever Earth Day Soiree, a special fundraiser on April 21st from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Tiato in Santa Monica.  Read more >>

How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

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If you’ve visited our headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park, you may have noticed a circular grasscrete in front of our Platinum LEED-certified Conference Center. Well, it’s not just decorative. It’s actually the top of a 216,000 gallon cistern that captures rainwater! (In fact, the visible grate marks only a portion of the entire 70’ x 8’ tank!)

What is a cistern?

When it rains, water that hits our Conference Center’s roof is diverted from gutters, as well as runoff from the surrounding parking lot and walkways.Read more >>

10 GIFs to Sum Up Why You Should Volunteer MORE!

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By now, we know that climate change is causing more frequent extreme weather events. Let’s face it: it’s no fun living in a city where our forecast is either drought or flood. It’s only the first week of the new year and El Niño has come in strong with a week of rain reminding us that this is real.

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This year, make it your resolution to become a TreePeople Restoration Supervisor or Volunteer Supervisor and help make Los Angeles a more green and resilient place to live.Read more >>

Is Your Community Prepared for El Nino?

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A few years back, a colleague received a frantic call from his wife in California while we were overseas. A brush fire was bearing down on their house. Worse yet, she wasn’t home and their pets were trapped. Fortunately, the house was spared and the pets were safe. However, in that moment, their lack of preparation had them in a last minute frenzy.

There’s no way to anticipate the impact a natural disasters will have, but we should all take the proper precautions in advance.… Read more >>

5 Reasons We NEED to Map Trees

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You’ve heard it before: trees solve urban problems. They keep cities cool, they clean our air and they capture storm water. They are basically superheroes. With the stress of drought, it’s important to remember why trees matter.

But how can YOU help trees thrive in LA? You have heard of planting trees, maybe you have cared for trees–but have you ever mapped a tree? Mapping trees is an interactive process using TreeMapLA that helps us understand the ways a tree is serving our city.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Dan McDonnell

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“You have to give props to your mom!’ says Dan McDonnell, one of TreePeople’s most committed Volunteer Supervisors. For him, family camping trips coordinated by his mother were the root of his love for the outdoors. As he grew up, camping evolved into backpacking excursions. Backpacking morphed into climbing in Yosemite.

Clearly, such a love for nature paved the way for a career in education, as a high school biology and environmental science educator. Dan is currently in his 29th year of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.Read more >>