TreePeople and Olive View

TreePeople and Olive View - UCLA Medical Center Volunteers Replant Sylmar after 2008 Sayre Fire

Los Angeles – On Saturday, November 20, 60 volunteers from Olive View-UCLA Medical Center joined TreePeople and Earth Day Network to plant 23 trees. California sycamore, chitalpa and tabebuia trees were planted to replace those lost at the Medical Center as a result of the tragic 2008 Sayre Fire.

"Despite a torrential downpour of rain, the volunteers from Olive View-UCLA Medical Center remained in high spirits and brought a can-do attitude to the tree planting," said Pam Gibson, TreePeople’s Northeast Valley Regional Manager. "The symbolism of this tree planting made an impression on all of us – out of the fire’s ashes we were restoring a corner of the urban forest."

The November 20 tree planting was supported in part by the Avatar Home Tree Initiative, a partnership between Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the nonprofit Earth Day Network in which one million trees were planted in 16 countries in 2010 to honor the environmental theme of the Avatar Blu Ray & DVD.

TreePeople is a nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for the Los Angeles region. TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world. More information at