Did you know we host volunteer opportunities nearly every weekend? Our events bring thousands of people together to lend a hand in our local forests to heal our mountains, dig in at city parks, chip in to green LA’s schools and help beautify and maintain our own Coldwater Canyon Park every year. Together we are a powerful force with the support of our dedicated community, and these events wouldn’t be the enjoyable experiences they are without our corp of committed Volunteer Supervisors.… Read more >>
Increasing Agency Collaboration for a Better Water Future
For the past two decades, TreePeople has been advocating for Los Angeles’ watersheds to be managed in a more integrated way. Our recent report, Moving Towards Collaboration: A New Vision for Water Management, lays out a path to achieve this and overcome common barriers to implementation.
After researching examples of integrated management from around the world, we developed a framework, focused on stormwater, as a resource for agencies and other leaders to consider future approaches that could positively impact their organizations and work.… Read more >>
TreePeople Releases Two Promising New Reports
This historic drought is driving a thirst for solutions, and government agencies are responding with an openness to work together as never before. Over the past year, TreePeople has facilitated an exciting exploration of “collaborative governance” among agencies for innovative water management in the Los Angeles region. Our partners in this effort are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.… Read more >>
We love to sing the praises of our friends the trees, but we often forget about the critical resource right under our feet: the soil. Trees and other plants need healthy soil to thrive, but the scope of soil benefits go beyond planting.
Soil influences the life spans of our roads and highways. Healthy soil is the foundation for food, animal feed and fuel. Lumber, bricks and textiles all come from soil. Even important discoveries in the field of medicine can be linked to soil. … Read more >>
It’s planting season! Is your green thumb itching? If your landscaping could use a drought-smart update, now’s a great time to put new roots in the ground. Our Certified Arborist Linda Eremita shares her favorite native, drought-tolerant, and sun loving plants, each of which is resilient in LA’s hot, dry summers.
Saint Catherine‘s Lace
The big pinkish-white, flat-topped flowers of this native California buckwheat appear in late spring and through summer before fading to red-brown.… Read more >>
An Urgent Arbor Day Message from TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis
As I drive through LA this beautiful spring my heart is breaking. In every street, in every block, I see trees in decline.
This is a quiet crisis, and it’s accelerating.
Earlier this month I sat in a presentation by the Urban Forester of Santa Monica. He said that after four years of drought, our trees’ ability to take up water has atrophied, especially in trees not native to our region.… Read more >>
This month, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a comprehensive, multifaceted sustainability plan for the City of Los Angeles. The plan (pLAn) includes a wide span of measurable actions the City hopes to reach by 2035 with a special focus on the environment with an emphasis on water, solar energy, carbon and climate change leadership and waste; economic development to support local green jobs, mobility and transit; and equity for LA’s urban ecosystem, livable neighborhoods, air quality and environmental justice.