TreePeople Celebrates Volunteers!

Did you know more than 7,000 people volunteered with TreePeople in 2014? Without volunteer commitment, we could not dream of creating a sustainable LA. Whether caring for trees on urban streets, planting seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, or donating their time to help out in our offices at Yurt Village, volunteers are the heartbeat of this organization.

19725278892_a9e724a94f_kLast weekend, we were honored to set aside time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our volunteer community. The scope of their impact is truly remarkable.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Scarlet Sobraine

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.

Our Resident Forest Creature

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 >>

TreePeople’s Park Also Suffering From Drought

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 18813838585_3399f1ee67_kdozens 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 >>

Working Across Borders to Create Change

 

When you hear the word “green infrastructure” what do you think of?

We often look at the same model examples: Portland, Seattle, Santa Monica, and so on. However, a recent experience is causing us to consider a new source of learning: peer to peer.

In May, our Director of Research, Edith de Guzman represented TreePeople with a keynote presentation at the Border Green Infrastructure Forum in Tucson, Arizona. The annual event was organized by the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, which supports a collaborative exchange between Mexico and the States.… Read more >>

The Artifice of Artificial Turf

Dominic Alves via Flickr Creative Commons

You may have been hearing a lot of praise for fake grass in the media lately, but I’m here to set the record straight: Fake turf does more harm than good.

I’m not sure when I started hating artificial grass. Maybe it was when my beloved grandmother planted fake flowers in her garden beds so the Easter photos would “turn out nice.” For the record, I tried to pick them, and everyone laughed at us.

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But I think it has to do more with the sheer fact that fake grass, or it’s trendier name—frass—has no place in a sustainable landscape.… Read more >>

Big News: Once Upon a Canyon Night is BACK!

 

Summer is here! If you’re scrambling to schedule plans to keep your kids entertained, or to welcome family visiting from out of town—don’t fret! TreePeople and the Actors Conservatory Ensemble are excited to announce the return of Once Upon A Canyon Night!

The summer entertainment series, returning for its 13th year, is nestled in the woods and set under the stars in TreePeople’s beautiful S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre.

Paula Poundstone-9The 2015 season promises an unforgettable lineup of shows, including comics Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani, a return performance of “Airplane!… Read more >>

I Am Tree People: Art Salter

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 >>

New Technology Helps Young Trees Take Root in the Angeles

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.

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 >>

Student Hacktivists Create Watershed Solutions for LA Schools

This May, students from diverse communities across LA County gathered at Walt Disney Studios to participate in Generation Earth’s Streets to the Sea Challenge. The top performing teams had the opportunity to experience forward-thinking presentations on sustainability, as well as present their solutions to a panel of judges.

These kids got fired up!

 

Generation Earth, an environmental education program of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works presented by TreePeople, designed the challenge to inspire students to “hack” a stormwater pollution prevention plan to keep waterways and oceans clean.… Read more >>

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

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.

TREEMAPLA Screen

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 >>