Coast Live Oak Falls Prey to Gophers

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You know it’s dry when gophers start taking down trees.

Why is that? Well, normally tree roots make up part of your standard gopher diet. They’ll tunnel down to a tree’s root ball, chow down for a little while, and then move on. But as long as they only eat part of the roots – which is usually how it goes – the tree can still get plenty of nutrients and water from the soil, so it remains healthy. … Read more >>

1000th Tree Cared for in the Drought

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We’re in the middle of a drought, so to conserve water, we shouldn’t water trees, right?

Actually, watering trees is one of the best things we can do while we wait for the rains to return. Keeping our trees healthy helps us maintain and build our water supply here in Los Angeles. When it rains – which happens sometimes even in the middle of a drought – a mature tree captures thousands of gallons of rainwater in its canopy and root zone, sinking that rain into the aquifer and storing it for later instead of letting it run down our paved streets and sidewalks into the ocean, where it’s no longer available as freshwater for our use.… Read more >>

Three decades of planting seeds: Curtis School first grade teacher celebrates her 30th Eco-tour

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The yellow school bus pulled up to TreePeople headquarters earlier this month, and beaming first grade teacher Donna Bernard stepped out along with dozens of excited children. Today was Ms. Bernard’s thirtieth anniversary: the thirtieth straight year she has brought her Curtis students to TreePeople for an Eco-tour field trip. … Read more >>

Climate Change, Trees, and You

Observed U.S. Temperature Change Map - Contiguous U.S.. Source: National Climate Assessment 2014, NOAA.

If you live in Southern California, you may have noticed that we are red hot…and not in a good way. We are one of the red-colored zones experiencing the most severe impacts of climate change on the map (above) of the lower 48 released as part of the recent National Climate Assessment.

Not only have we had numerous record-breaking, or near record-breaking, hot days in the past few years, but we are in one of the worst droughts since California became a state in 1850.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #4 Adopt and Care for a Tree

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We’ve been celebrating Earth Day all month long right here on the blog with a few of our founder Andy Lipkis’ simple sustainable solutions — from his home to yours. So far, he’s shared his tips for installing rain barrels, his best practices for your sprinklers, and his passion for California native plant gardens.

But now April’s winding down, and it’s time for Andy’s final and most important tip: Adopt and Care for a Tree.

Andy’s been the tour de force behind tree care in Los Angeles for 40 years, but this year ensuring the well being of our trees is more important than ever.… Read more >>

Drought Response Park Tree Care Campaign: Help Trees Survive


Keeping our city’s trees alive is something TreePeople is addressing on many fronts. One major project is with the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, with whom we’ve been working closely for years. TreePeople and our volunteers regularly plant new trees and care for existing ones to improve our park tree canopy for generations to come. Now, though, the drought has our full attention, and we’re focused on ensuring that this generation of trees has enough water to survive these tough, dry conditions, especially with parks under severe water restrictions.… Read more >>

NBC Covers TreePeople Drought Response Forum

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It’s rare that a short news story can give the big picture, but NBC 4 did just that last night on the 6 o’clock news. (Click here to watch the whole segment.)

The NBC news team started at City Hall yesterday morning, where TreePeople hosted the forum: In Case of Emergency, Plant Trees, which brought together more than 100 people to learn about the impact of green infrastructure on climate change and heat reduction at City Hall with special guest Dr.… Read more >>