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.
Because of this, TreePeople has stepped up to care for our urban forest. For instance, this summer we hosted a series of four tree care events in the Northeast Valley—inviting nearly 200 volunteers to care for seven miles of trees! Our work began near the Hansen Dam Golf Course in Pacoima, and continued well into Sun Valley.… Read more >>
In light of the historic California drought, we can’t stress enough the importance of watering our trees. Trees offer our city innumerable benefits, from combating climate change, to cutting back on our energy costs, to conserving groundwater and more! Our trees are priceless. We must do everything in our power to keep them safe for our city’s health.
In light of this call, do YOU know how much water your trees need? For instance, did you know young trees and mature trees are cared for differently?… Read more >>
“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 >>
This is—well, was—Elvis Presleaf, one of the oldest trees here in our park. After 80 years of life, Mr. Presleaf was just one of dozens of trees in our park which have succumb to the debilitating drought.
Elvis played an important role in our Eco-tours. Over the past 20 years, he shaded nearly 200,000 visiting students at the Dirt Doctor Station, where kids learn the importance of soil.
It’s easy to forget how severely trees are affected by drought. After all, LA yards look pretty green.… Read more >>
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 >>
In the midst of this ongoing drought, it may seem daunting to plant new seedlings—especially in regions that have been devastated by fire. Fortunately, new technology out of the Netherlands might be the solution to our changing climate and drought-stressed forests.
The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.
It’s called the Land Life Cocoon, a product of Land Life Company, and it’s changing the way we’re looking at reforestation in some of the world’s most challenging environments.… Read more >>