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Make LA a greener place: plant trees with TreePeople

by E Jo (writer), San Diego, January 22, 2007


This coming Saturday, January 27th, from 9:00-12:00PM you can make Los Angeles a healthier place to live by planting a tree with TreePeople. Every week local volunteers help plant trees in the city streets, local mountains, and school campuses. Trees help to keep the air clean, stabilize terrain, protect wildlife, reduce heat gain and provide nutrition. Planting trees is an excellent way to educate children about the environment and bring the community together.

This Saturday there will be four locations for tree planting. In Studio City, they will continue with part two of LA City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s initiative “Million Trees LA Community Planting” by planting an additional 40 trees. In Malibu Creek State Park mulching, weeding and overall tree maintenance will take place. In Montecito Hills, between downtown LA and South Pasadena, there is a forest of young trees that need care. And finally, in Wilmington there will be a greening workshop which provides training for the planting and caring of trees and the education of teen leaders in organizing a community greening event.

TreePeople is a non-profit organization that has been in LA for over thirty years and offers sustainable solutions to the urban environmental problems the city faces. Scientists attribute the dieback of the forests that surround LA to the city’s infamous smog. In 1981 when the City drafted an Air Quality Management Plan calling for the planting of one million trees to comply with the air quality standards set by the 1970 Clean Air Act, TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis saw an opportunity. The City estimated the million trees would cost $200 million and take 20 years to accomplish; Lipkis declared he would complete this undertaking with the help of the public in three years and no cost to the City. He did it. In three years and four days before the 1984 Summer Olympics in LA, Lipkis and TreePeople had planted their millionth tree.

Since then, and with the help of TreePeople and LA’s Department of Recreation and Parks, Mayor Villaraigosa intends to plant one million trees in the city of LA with the help of schools, community groups, businesses, and individuals. Volunteers will plant 300,000 trees on 16,000 acres of parkland over the next several years. Why the million tree initiative? According to TreePeople, “U. S. cities have lost 20% of their trees during the past decade. The impact: $234 billion in environmental and health problems nationwide. Steeply declining rates of civic engagement by young people over the past 30 years reveals that students and families are no longer taught to take part in public life. This is especially true in disadvantaged populations.” A well-designed urban forest saves public and private money by saving energy, reducing negative health trends such as childhood asthma, and reducing polluted runoff to the ocean.

In addition to tree planting, TreePeople offers full moon hikes at Coldwater Canyon Park and tree dedications. Tree dedications make great newborn, birthday or holiday gifts while proceeds go to replant native pine and oak in the mountains of Southern California affected by fire. For a donation of $25, TreePeople will send a card informing the recipient of your dedication to plant a tree. Take the responsibility to improve your neighborhood and your quality of life by helping to re-plant Los Angeles. See a new park or forest, meet new people and have fun. According to TreeLink, during a 50-year life span, one tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution.

One tree. One day.

General information: (818) 753-4600
Volunteering: (818) 623-4879
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