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 >>

Nature is Healing. This Family is Proof.

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“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.

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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

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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.

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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 >>

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.

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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 >>

I Am Tree People: Art Salter

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If you saw Art Salter at TreePeople’s Yurt Village, you might assume he was a celebrity. Not a minute passed without someone stopping to shake his hand, or wave from across the offices. It was clear that he has made a significant impact on his city.

It makes sense: Art has been volunteering here for nearly 18 years—but that isn’t where things began. No, Art has always been involved in developing a climate-resilient Los Angeles. “I grew up here,” he said.… Read more >>

How Can Just 100,000 Trees Save LA Nearly $4 Million?

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Have you heard of TreeMapLA?

If you’re unfamiliar, TreeMapLA is an app you can download that’s a public inventory and education tool allowing users to interact with their environment in a new way. Users “map” a tree by entering its location, species, and size to create an interactive map of our urban forest and its value—including environmental and economic benefits. The app also gives people the ability to map a variety of watershed solutions, including rain barrels and cisterns.

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When it launched, TreeMapLA relied on Angelenos’ involvement, but now there have been huge inventories uploaded from Culver City, Pico Rivera, Duarte and LA City Rec and Parks thanks to a new feature developers created to add mass data inventories.… Read more >>

Student Eco Club Greens Campus

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Did you know green space is essential to a healthy childhood? In fact, studies have proven that students with regular access to green spaces are on average happier, more focused, physically fit and have higher levels of self-esteem.

We’re big believers that trees can heal, which is why we brought nearly 50 volunteers together on May 2nd to plant 24 trees on the campus of Sylmar Elementary School in Sylmar, California. Sylmar’s campus is located in an economically challenged area, and their campus lacks adequate canopy coverage and safe spaces for kids to play.… Read more >>