I am TreePeople: Isabel Zavian

“Every person holds the power to make a positive impact in their community.” -Isabel Zavian.

Isabel is a changemaker.

Born and raised in the LA area, Isabel Zavian grew up hiking our park’s trails.

Seeing the effects the drought had on our park’s stressed trees, she felt moved to action.

Once during a stay at summer camp in Lake Arrowhead, she saw that many of her fellow campers weren’t conserving water. It sparked a passion in her to raise awareness to youth just like her to make a difference.Read more >>

Holiday Trash: Unwrapped

It’s beginning to feel like the holiday season here in Coldwater Canyon Park! The staff here in the Yurt Village loves a good holiday party but year after year we can’t help but notice the needless waste made from all the merry making.

Fortunately, we have discovered some creative ways to have holiday fun without a trail of tinsel bringing us down. Here are some of our favorite ways to green the gifting season.

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Carefully unwrap presents without tearing the paper so you can reuse it later!Read more >>

TreePeople and NRDC: Rain to the Rescue

Though the national election has left us concerned about our climate future, the environment was a clear winner in LA with the passing of Measures M and Measure A providing expanded public transportation and safe park spaces for Angelenos.

LA is taking steps in the right direction to adapt and is supporting the right policies, but some people are asking, “What else can be done?”

TreePeople and NRDC Release Groundbreaking Water Policy Brief

In the face of ongoing drought and climate change impacts, TreePeople partnered with the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to co-author an issue brief sharing the importance of capturing stormwater to increase California’s local water supply.Read more >>

Soil. Water. Life

Soil moisture: why is it important for you and and your garden? Why it is important for LA and its issues with the urban heat island effect and other challenges?

Soil, Water, Life

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Here at TreePeople, we sometimes wonder where the tree ends and the soil begins.  Fallen leaves and branches decompose and  create soil, which creates trees, which drop branches and leaves creating more soil.

We also love to think about the tree-water-soil connection. Where does water end and soil or tree begin?Read more >>

Tree Planting Season Is Back!

Summer Tree Care

This summer was not easy for LA’s trees.

We’ve seen the impact these five years of drought have had– and with each heat wave this summer, we lost even more trees. We want trees to live, so in the summer we shift our focus to care for them get through these hotter hots and drier dries.  

That’s why we’re proud to share that this summer, more than 700 TreePeople volunteers joined us to care for almost 2,000 trees!Read more >>

DON’T Make This Tree Pruning Mistake: To Prune or not to Prune

This is the second blog in a three part series. Visit part one here and visit us soon to see the third installment.

Have you seen trees like this in your neighborhood?

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Tree topping is a pruning practice that could cause long-term damage to your trees. With that in mind, it’s important to know when and how to prune your trees. While it’s important to check your trees yearly, they don’t necessarily need to be pruned each time!

How often should I trim the tree and when?

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Volunteering with TreePeople: Better than Tinder

Is this you?

You’ve been set up on one too many bad blind dates.

Your smartphone has a permanent mark worn into the screen from swiping left.

You’ve run out of pick up lines to use at the farmers market.

We get it. Here at TreePeople, we know that dating is hard. But we’re here to help! Here are a few ways we can help spark romance.

Meet someone new

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Thousands of Angelenos volunteer with TreePeople each year. Come volunteer with us and meet other passionate people who care about the environment and like being outdoors!… Read more >>

DON’T Make This Tree Pruning Mistake

This blog is the first in a three part series. Check back soon for updates!

Have you ever driven down the street and seen a tree that looks more like the  “Whomping Willow” than “The Giving Tree”?

Sorry to inform you, it’s not a sad attempt to recreate a beloved fictional tree. What you see is actually a pruning practice often referred to as “tree topping” — and it is very harmful to trees.

What exactly is tree topping and why is it bad?

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What My TreePeople Internship Taught Me

I’m what most Angelenos would consider a “rural person.” Let me rephrase that. I was born and bred in Michigan. Hence I’ve always considered myself nature-savvy. I need green space to feel at home.

I started interning at TreePeople because wherever I go in LA, I’m always reimagining streets and neighborhoods with more trees and lush canopies. After a month of interning here, I’ve come to learn so much, especially in the unique context of Southern California.

Here’s my list of the most mind-blowing facts I’ve learned so far:

There is a wrong way to plant trees.

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City Setting NEW Cooling Target for LA

Good news! The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a motion to establish a “cooling target” for the City– in other words, it will soon be setting a target to cool the city and reduce the urban heat island effect in order to protect LA from the impacts of climate change.  

TreePeople was able to play a role in inspiring this progressive motion, thanks to our partnership with work translating solutions from Australia to work for LA.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes joined TreePeople on our delegation tour to Australia, to learn about drought solutions developed during their 12-year Millennium Drought.Read more >>