Is Los Angeles Ready For El Nino?


El Niño is likely to be heading our way this winter, bringing upwards of 30 inches of rain to Los Angeles. So, the drought is essentially over—right? Wrong.

Well, that is, unless we prepare properly.

Unfortunately, as the climate shifts, we can expect to see drought and floods as two sides of the same coin. As we adapt to this new norm, we can expect both drier conditions and more severe storms. Unless we adopt new habits, like learning to responsibly capture those drops, we can expect drought conditions to continue.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Kayla Imhoff


“I was born here—in the trees.” she said, laughing. It was a joke, of course. But for Kayla Imhoff, TreePeople’s Marketing and Communications Intern, it’s not too far from the truth.

TreePeople has played a big role in Kayla’s life, starting in early childhood. Her mother, Chris Imhoff, joined the organization as an intern in the early 1980’s, and has remained part of the TreePeople family ever since. She now serves as Senior Director of Programs. Kayla was homeschooled, which meant summer days exploring nature here in Coldwater Canyon Park and doing homework under the trees.… Read more >>

Will Sidewalk Repairs Mean Trouble for LA Trees?

Protect city trees

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 >>

Mulch Now, Plant Later


Did you know California residents use more than 50% of our drinking water to water their yards?

It’s true! In fact, a 1,000 square foot lawn with an average sprinkler system uses about 25,000 gallons of water per year. In the midst of a historic drought, that’s precious water we simply can’t afford to waste!

Luckily, the drought is teaching us to use our resources more wisely—to let our lawns go golden, while still watering our trees — and to plant water wise natives at home.… Read more >>

I Am Tree People: Peter Roquemore


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 >>

Nature is Healing. This Family is Proof.


“For me and for my family, TreePeople has changed everything.”

Coming from Cristina Basurto, TreePeople’s Huntington Park Regional Manager, this statement speaks volumes. Her involvement with TreePeople started about 10 years ago, when her friend Rosa—a staff member—encouraged her to get involved.


At first, Cristina was hesitant. Her family was dealing with monumental challenges, as two out of three of her children had been diagnosed with autism.

“Doctors told us Samuel would never speak. They said he would need to be institutionalized by his 18th birthday,” Cristina said, regarding her oldest son.… Read more >>

How One Tree Influenced This Girl’s Life


Meet Quincy.

Four years ago, Quincy visited TreePeople for the first time on one of our Eco-tours preschool field trips. Today, she still remembers the beauty of our park.

“I remember this place with all these plants and pretty flowers,” Quincy said.


Eco-tours offer children a safe and fun opportunity to interact with nature and learn sustainable lifestyle practices.

One memory in particular made a lasting impression. Like the thousands of children who visit our hilltop park for Eco-tours each year, Quincy took home a tiny seedling.… Read more >>