I Am TreePeople : Dan McDonnell

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“You have to give props to your mom!’ says Dan McDonnell, one of TreePeople’s most committed Volunteer Supervisors. For him, family camping trips coordinated by his mother were the root of his love for the outdoors. As he grew up, camping evolved into backpacking excursions. Backpacking morphed into climbing in Yosemite.

Clearly, such a love for nature paved the way for a career in education, as a high school biology and environmental science educator. Dan is currently in his 29th year of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.Read more >>

What Do UCLA, Trout and El Nino Have in Common?

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Each year we look forward to late September, when we rally a hearty group of volunteers to celebrate National Park Lands Day. The day was established to unite people from all over the country to promote the protection of public lands.

Compassionate volunteers painstakingly removed snails before dumping this couch.

Compassionate volunteers painstakingly removed snails before dumping this couch.

Here at TreePeople, we were excited to be one of over 2,500 sites in participation—with a focus on our restoration of the Santa Monica Mountains. Initially, our Wildlands Restoration Manager, Cody Chappel, had planned to coordinate 70 volunteers to remove abandoned junk—couches, appliances, fencing, and more!—left behind by squatters, decades ago near Topanga Canyon.… Read more >>

LA2050–We Need Your Vote!

MAKE LA GREEN

From the energy of downtown, to the beaches of Malibu. From film lots in Hollywood, to coffee shops in Silverlake. From schools in Pacoima, to the trails in Coldwater Canyon. Is there any better place to live than Los Angeles? 

We’re proud to be Angelenos. We’re proud to call LA home.

Give one minute of your time to support a green LA and make your voice heard. 

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Which is why we’re honored to be tasked with the responsibility to care for nature in our city.Read more >>

6 Landscapes to Get Inspired for Planting Season

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You’ve let your lawn go golden. Now what?

With planting season around the corner, planning your new landscape might seem like a daunting task. Never fear! Here are seven gorgeous yards to get your creative, sustainable juices flowing—as well as practical watershed tips to keep in mind!

1. Cut back on turf!

13Grdns-0005Did you know that landscape irrigation accounts for almost 50% of all residential use? It doesn’t need to be that way—especially not in California! With a plethora of options, cutting back on turf is a cinch!… 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 >>

How to Protect Mature Trees From Drought

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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 >>

Is Los Angeles Ready For El Nino?

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El Niño is likely to be heading our way this winter, bringing upwards of 30 inches of rain to Los Angeles. So, the drought is essentially over—right? Wrong.

Well, that is, unless we prepare properly.

Unfortunately, as the climate shifts, we can expect to see drought and floods as two sides of the same coin. As we adapt to this new norm, we can expect both drier conditions and more severe storms. Unless we adopt new habits, like learning to responsibly capture those drops, we can expect drought conditions to continue.… Read more >>