Our Work: TreePeople’s Planting Season In Review

As the days start warming up and we come to the end of another planting season, we want to thank YOU for making this – TreePeople’s 50th year of partnering with communities to plant a greener California – such a special year for us. From Inglewood to the Angeles National Forest to the Inland Empire, TreePeople volunteers have helped build shade equity and restore and protect critical wildlands across Southern California.

This year we launched new projects throughout the Southland. We launched a brand new partnership with the city of Inglewood along with The Clippers, Intuit and Aspiration to green streets and bring cooling shade throughout the city. We expanded our work in the Inland Empire, building out greening programs in Colton and Rialto to the communities where high temperatures in the summer average close to 100 degrees. And it’s not just planting, we’re working directly with community members to care for these trees and insure that their benefits are enjoyed for generations to come.

TreePeople has continued our work in San Fernando, Baldwin Hills, Riverside and South East Los Angeles. We’ve worked with thousands of local volunteers on these projects to bring historic greening investment where it’s needed the most. We got our hands dirty with teachers and students across Southern California–from Watts to Sun Valley–to transform hot, barren concrete school yards into green learning spaces where youth can excel.

In our mountains, we continued our efforts to restore fire scarred landscape and help our wildlands heal. In the Santa Monica mountains we completed our efforts to bring thousands of new native trees and plants to Cheseboro Canyon and Paramount Ranch to help restore the Woolsey Fire burn scar. In the Angeles National Forest we’ve expanded our project sites and commitment to working with the Forest Service and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help remove invasive species, restore our chaparral and steward healthy ecosystems in the Santa Clara River watershed. This includes work to expand habitat for federally endangered plants such as the Nevin’s Barberry, where we’ve worked to almost double their numbers in the wild, and build greater community understanding around the invasive pests threatening our forests like the Goldspotted Oak Borer.

This crucial work would not be possible without the support of TreePeople volunteers and TreePeople members. Your support enables us to plant the seeds for a greener future. To help make sure the trees we plant survive and thrive this summer, join us for one of our TREE CARE SUMMER events or join The Canopy, TreePeople’s monthly giving program.

By Adam Thomas

As Events and Community Partnerships Manager Adam works to create unique experiences and events that bring people and organizations together to connect with the natural world.