Everyone has a Tree Story

“Everyone has a tree story.”

Chris Imhoff, our Director of Program Development, would know, as she’s been working with TreePeople since 1979. They say when you work in nonprofit, you wear a lot of hats. In Yurt Village, we like to say that Chris has worn them all.

Chris Imhoff sitting on the ground in the center with some of the original TreePeople staff.

Chris began with TreePeople as an Intern on our Environmental Education team. Since then, she has been a program manager, an executive assistant, a program co-director– and most importantly, a mentor to nearly everyone.  Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Yujuan Chen

Los Angeles is on the cusp of something big. Every day, more and more Angelenos are waking up to the threats climate change and extreme heat bring to life in the city.

For over 40 years, TreePeople has committed itself to fighting for a greener and healthier Los Angeles. From Watts to the Santa Monica Mountains, TreePeople has planted over 3 million trees in partnership with millions of Angelenos, but planting trees is only the start. Our Policy & Research department tackles the tough issues facing our climate reality– from securing a safe, local water supply, to working to creating an Urban Forestry Master Plan– and makes sure the voices of the people reach not only the halls of power in Downtown LA, but to Sacramento and beyond.  Read more >>

$35 Million to Heal Watts

Watts’ history is a tangled fabric of beauty and tension. Like threads weaving through a quilt, its story is a mixed patchwork of personality, diversity– but also pain. Streets running through the city hold deep memories of conflict and fire, but like the Watts Towers, the people’s resilience and character are strong. It’s been 53 years since the uprising that left $40 million in damages in its wake. The people here have suffered ongoing chronic health problems, crime and poverty, but change is coming for this historic community in the heart of LA.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Neenah and Tiffany Paige

In 1981, TreePeople set a lofty goal to plant 1 million trees in Los Angeles by the start of the 1984 Olympics. This would be a towering feat for any organization, but TreePeople gathered all of its muscle to get it done.

Many trees were distributed through local schools and field trips to TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park. Our staff and volunteers gave out tens of thousands of Canary Island pines at school presentations in the early 80’s. Here, students and families took a pledge to care for the tiny saplings and give them a new home in yards and gardens throughout Los Angeles.Read more >>

2017: Making Strides in Creating a Climate-Ready LA

Happy New Year!

From the TreePeople family to yours, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and New Years! We are starting off 2018 with a tremendous feeling of gratitude due to all of the milestones we reached last year– all which not have been possible if it wasn’t for people like you!

Let’s take a look back at some of the top 2017 highlights:


Our Forestry Department and their amazing volunteers were busy bees in 2017!Read more >>

Coldwater Canyon Park: 40 Years in Paradise

I’m a very lucky guy. Every work day I get to escape LA and head on up into the Santa Monica Mountains to Coldwater Canyon Park, TreePeople’s home and campus above Studio City. In my “office space” I help manage a uniquely beautiful 45-acres of tree-lined trails, quiet picnic areas, benches with wonderful views of the Valley, rustic natural hillsides– plus a Watershed Garden, a nursery, an intimate amphitheatre, a LEED-Platinum Conference Center and more. The best part though is that it’s all available 365 days of the year to all the other lucky people who happen to come our way.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Josephine Yadegar

The Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles is going through some big changes. Once a working-class community of second and third generation immigrant families, Highland Park is now on the front lines of the gentrification battle in Los Angeles. Small family-run businesses are now trendy bars and nightclubs, neighborhood restaurants now foodie pop-ups.

Tucked away off the main hustle and bustle of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, is San Pasqual Avenue Elementary school. Here, a collection of wonderful teachers is working hard to provide the best for the children of both long-time residents and newcomers.Read more >>