I Am TreePeople: Paola Barcaccia

TreePeople is filled with amazing volunteers, but every so often, one of them shines bright against the crowd. That’s why we’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to sit down with one of our star community members, Paola Baraccia before she left the TreePeople family to move back home to Italy.

What do you do?

I teach Italian since I am originally from Italy for my day job. For fun, I enjoy spending my time outdoors and volunteering here at TreePeople.Read more >>

Reconnect with Nature in Wilson Canyon

After five years of intense drought, LA’s hills are finally alive with a vibrant blanket of lush green grasses and wildflowers!

I love living in LA, but I spend too much time in my car or in air conditioned buildings. But as a volunteer and intern with TreePeople, I get the perfect getaway from city life. I immediately feel my heart calm as I walk along the trails of Coldwater Canyon Park; and life’s stresses, endless to-do lists and work woes slip away when I volunteer in the field.Read more >>

Be Prepared: Eagle Scout Digs In

An Eagle Scout is always prepared– especially in the face of climate change.

Last month, Eagle Scout Wesley Wu worked with me, TreePeople’s Service Learning Manager and Youth Leader Specialist of Environmental Education, and a group of his peers to care for our park.

Enjoli, opening up the morning with the volunteers.

Wesley lead by example using his Eagle Scout training to rally over 40 students from six different schools across LA County to support one of our city’s most valuable resources– our trees.Read more >>

Growing “Calles Verdes”: Restoring the Pacoima Wash

Nothing inspires me more than seeing people come together to make change.

Over the past couple months, TreePeople has worked to restore the Pacoima Wash with the help of our volunteers and the City of San Fernando. When we started, the area was overgrown with weeds and littered with trash, but after just a couple visits it already looks like it’s gotten the green treatment!

Did you know that the Pacoima Wash Greenway is also nature-based infrastructure? The 4.7-acre park diverts and cleans runoff from nearby neighborhood streets through a system of built and natural filters into a streambed or “arroyo.” Our recent winter rains has sprung the wash into action to capture and sink rain into the ground.Read more >>

UP @ Coldwater Canyon Park

When was the last time you took a walk through nature to restore balance and reconnect with your purpose in life?

TreePeople’s 45-acre Coldwater Canyon Park perched atop the Santa Monica Mountains offers trails and breathtaking panoramas the San Fernando Valley and beyond to the Verdugo Mountains that cradle it. Thousands of people walk our park every year, and it is the pride and joy of our organization.

We’ve been the caretakers of this living laboratory for more than 40 years.… Read more >>

Post-Election Reflections: Turn Fear into Action

Incoming political leaders have shaken our nation and left many people in fear for their families, their livelihoods, and the environment. In recent weeks, we have seen a frightening trend in appointing climate deniers to cabinet positions.

I’m choosing to take my fear and turn it into action.  

Los Angeles’ tree story is not a tragedy. Now is the time to turn the tide on the drought, keep our trees alive, and continue to build a lush and thriving urban tree canopy even when we are faced with adversity.Read more >>

I am TreePeople: Mat Steury

The TreePeople staff is filled with amazing individuals — like Mat Steury.

Mat is TreePeople’s all around handyman and IT specialist. Hailing from Auburn, Indiana, Mat and his wonderful wife, Rachel, followed the California sun to TreePeople. The two of them make one dynamic duo!

Mat grew up building and renovating homes with his dad, who learned the skill from his Amish uncles. “I’m basically the Amish IT guy” Mat jokes. It’s no lie either. Whether it’s keeping our computer system humming or renovating the TreePeople kitchen with Rachel– Mat does it all.Read more >>

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 >>

I Am TreePeople: Zayda Ortiz

Intern life: for years, coffee runs and evil bosses were what came to mind. While that would make for a good screenplay, the average life of an intern was the complete opposite of that cliché scene during my summer here at TreePeople.

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Instead of a standard office, the Forestry yurt is home to TreePeople’s  passionate staff who engage with the community by teaching them about the importance of planting and caring for trees.  Watching the other volunteers dig into making a difference for LA by greening its streets, schools, parks and neighborhoods woke something up in me– seeing the team in action gave me a glimpse of the kind of person I want to be.… 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 >>