Make No Mistake: Concrete is the Enemy

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Statement from Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, calls on Angelenos to rip out concrete and plant trees to capture what rainfall LA gets.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.– TreePeople heard fighting words when news reports showed an anti-tree group calling themselves “Save Our Concrete” holding a protest at a downtown Los Angeles parking lot earlier today.

The truth is that concrete is the enemy of Los Angeles. It is the enemy because, among other reasons, as LA suffers through historic drought, concrete takes away our water.… Read more >>

Trees In the City Make Us Safer, Happier, and Healthier

Trees are often touted for providing shade, cleaning our air and capturing the rain, but did you know trees also are living anti-depressants?

Recent studies show that trees make city-dwellers happier, healthier and more connected to their communities. Just a few of the reasons you should hug a tree today.


The Mind-Body-Tree Connection 

Now that more than half the world’s population experiences the stress related to modern city life, urban green spaces are more important than ever for our collective and emotional well being.… Read more >>

School and Community Rally to Replace Playground Asphalt with 30 New Shade Trees

Students, teachers, and other members of the school’s community gather around a new tree.

On Saturday, March 14, 20th Street Elementary School’s campus, located just south of downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, was transformed. Over 100 volunteers, TreePeople staff and partners came together and planted 30 Raywood Ash, Australian Willow and Crape Myrtle trees on a formerly bleak asphalt schoolyard. Despite the heat, the day was electric with excitement for the future of the school and the knowledge that the campus is soon to be a more shaded, healthy and green environment for the students and community.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

Pecoima residents

More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

Boys and Girls Club Youth Care for Local Park Trees


Engaging youth is a cornerstone of TreePeople’s values, dating back to when our founder Andy Lipkis started replanting forests at just 15 years old. In the spirit of our roots, we offered a group of teens from a local Boys and Girls Club a series of workshops leading up to a tree care event in Penmar Park in Santa Monica on February 23rd.

Boys and Girls CLub Tree Care Event in Penmark Park

Boys and Girls Club teens at a TreePeople tree care event in Penmar Park, February 23rd, 2015.


4 Ways to Spread the Tree-Love on Valentine’s Day


No matter if you’re celebrating “Single’s Awareness Day,” or if you’re spending the day with your sweetie, TreePeople has your tree-love needs covered!

Get Some Fresh Air: Take a Trip to Los Feliz for a Park Tree Planting!

Jared Leto Tree Meme 

In honor of St. Valentine, we’re spreading the love in the heart of LA at a very special tree planting. Feel free to come stag, or with that special someone. You can look forward to get your hands dirty to put some Deodar Cedars, Catalina Ironwoods, Incense Cedars and Tonyons in the ground to make this LA park even more beautiful!… Read more >>

Where did 356 sq ft of Asphalt go at El Dorado Elementary School?

El Dorado Elementary School students at a TreePeople planting

Across two weekends last month, more than 200 volunteers, kids, parents, teachers and TreePeople staff gathered to put 46 trees in the ground at El Dorado Elementary School in Sylmar, deep in the San Fernando Valley.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

Volunteers watch a tree planting demonstration at El Dorado Elementary School.

We primed the location ahead of the big day by tearing out 356 sq ft of asphalt to give the trees a nice, porous home to lay their roots in.… Read more >>