I Am TreePeople : Hilarey Benda

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We believe trees are healers.

Beyond their climate-fighting powers, trees can move us toward emotional healing, too. That is why we offer tree dedications. Not only do dedications support a climate-resilient LA, but they offer a means to symbolically celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.

Hilarey Benda, Founder of Beople’s Buddies, is a shining example of someone using tree dedications powerfully.

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“I’ve never viewed any one life as more important than another.”

Beople’s Buddies is a unique non-profit animal adoption organization with a focus on the inner-connectivity of all life.Read more >>

How Does 4 + 7 = 180 Trees?

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Amidst historic drought, many of our city trees have been left thirsty. Without thriving trees, residents suffer from more extreme heat, increased air pollution and serious health implications.

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 >>

Mayor Garcetti Joins TreePeople Gala

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This weekend we were joined by 400 of our biggest supporters and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for our 28th annual fundraising gala, An Evening Under the Harvest Moon.

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This year’s program focused on California’s ongoing drought and our commitment to create a water-secure Los Angeles.  Mayor Garcetti’s keynote speech inspired us all, as he spoke of the critical nature of our work and pushed us to continue moving toward higher conservation goals. (Fun fact: He’s been involved with TreePeople since he was a teen!)

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I Am TreePeople: Kayla Imhoff

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“I was born here—in the trees.” she said, laughing. It was a joke, of course. But for Kayla Imhoff, TreePeople’s Marketing and Communications Intern, it’s not too far from the truth.

TreePeople has played a big role in Kayla’s life, starting in early childhood. Her mother, Chris Imhoff, joined the organization as an intern in the early 1980’s, and has remained part of the TreePeople family ever since. She now serves as Senior Director of Programs. Kayla was homeschooled, which meant summer days exploring nature here in Coldwater Canyon Park and doing homework under the trees.… Read more >>

Will Sidewalk Repairs Mean Trouble for LA Trees?

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The wrong tree planted in the wrong place can be detrimental. This is hardly new to Angelenos. We’ve all seen city walkways torn up by the roots of trees that were poorly planned.

Damaged sidewalks in Los Angeles have created severe limitations for mobility-impaired residents, and that led to a lawsuit. Now the Willits Settlement calls for the city to designate $1.4 billion over the next 30 years for sidewalk repair. TreePeople supports this.

However, we also believe this provides an opportunity to look at the City’s interrelated goals, including urban heat protection, local water supply, stormwater quality, street repair, and flood prevention and how they may intersect with the work done on sidewalk replacement.… Read more >>

Mulch Now, Plant Later

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Did you know California residents use more than 50% of our drinking water to water their yards?

It’s true! In fact, a 1,000 square foot lawn with an average sprinkler system uses about 25,000 gallons of water per year. In the midst of a historic drought, that’s precious water we simply can’t afford to waste!

Luckily, the drought is teaching us to use our resources more wisely—to let our lawns go golden, while still watering our trees — and to plant water wise natives at home.… Read more >>

I Am Tree People: Peter Roquemore

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Meet Peter Roquemore, our new Volunteer Manager.

“It’s serendipitous!” Peter said, showing off his wrist tattoo. It reads “Unless,” in homage to the famous line in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Peter has always had an interest in the environment. But it was during his college years when he spent time near the coal fields in West Pennsylvania that he first realized the importance of conservation to protect the most vulnerable communities.… Read more >>