Trees in cities are more than amenities, they play a critical role in urban health.
Trees are a long-term investment and add real value in dollars and cents to a community. In fact, the larger the tree is, the greater the benefits are (cleaner air, more shade, lower costs for stormwater controls, longer time between resurfacing streets). Looking at the costs and benefits, we come out ahead when we plant trees.
TreePeople's success is highly-dependent on donations and memberships. We also receive some support from foundations and governmental agencies. You can join TreePeople as a member and support a greener LA today!
For general tree selection advice, visit SelecTree. The website provides valuable information to help you select the best species regarding your specific needs.
If you want to get more details about transforming your yard into a drought-resistant landscape, we recommend contacting a certified arborist that will be able to identify your needs and provide you with the best solutions. The International Society of Arboriculture has a database of all certified arborists. You can search their website by zip code to find an arborist near you.
Absolutely! Our Citizen Forestry program teaches ordinary people the extraordinary skills of renewing the urban landscape by planting and caring for trees. For more than 40 years, these programs have been a vibrant model of civic engagement, bringing people together to make our cities more livable.
We do not donate or sell trees. The trees we grow in our nursery are used for our reforestation work in the Santa Monica Mountains.
If you live in the City of Los Angeles, you can receive up to seven free trees for your property through the City Plants program.
If you don't live in LA, contact your local city government about whether they have a tree distribution program.
If you are interested in getting trees in your neighborhood (street, school campus, or park) then we can help. We specialize in empowering communities to help you to improve our urban forest<link to calendar/trainings.>.
We recommend contacting a certified arborist that will be able to assess the situation and take care of your trees.The International Society of Arboriculture has a database of all certified arborists. You can search their website by zip code to find an arborist near you.
Mulch is very important if you want your trees to grow healthy and strong!
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works has a free mulch giveaway program for city residents. To find the location nearest you, visit the City of LA mulch program page. You are allowed to take as much mulch as you want. All you need to do is bring your own shovel and bags.
If you don't live in the LA, we suggest contacting your local city government about whether they have a mulch giveaway program.
LA is heavily-reliant on imported water. Transporting this water is very expensive and also carries many negative environmental impacts.
Many of our programs focus on creating more local water supply and on cutting down the amount of water used for external usage.
Yes there are! Take one of our Green City Workshops to learn how to transform your yard into a drought-resistant landscape! You'll discover how you can qualify for incentives and discounts, as well as walk away with resources to make your project a success.
If you decide to remove your turf, you may qualify for a rebate from the California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program. The rebate amount for this program changed on November 1, 2014. The rebate increased to $3.75 per square foot for the first 1,500 square feet of residential turf replaced with water wise landscaping features.
TreePeople's special partnership let's you purchase a high quality rain barrel from through our partner Rain Barrels International . The special TreePeople pre-rebate price is $85, and after MWD rebate it is FREE!
We hold free workshops on Turf Removal, Native Plants and Rainwater Harvesting <link to calendar/workshops> to share with people how to make changes to their spaces to become more sustainable while saving money.
We'd love you have you volunteer with us. To get started, take a look at our volunteer calendar of events and select an event that suites your interest and availability. Once you are registered, a confirmation with event details and directions will be emailed to you. If an event is full, please check to see if we have space at another event on the same day. If not, please keep us in mind in the future
If you want to go the extra mile, you can become a Volunteer Leader! We could not do our work without the assistance of volunteer leaders who provide the instruction and inspiration to make our work successful. If you're a natural leader or you want to develop your leadership skills, this may be your calling.
Sure. When possible, we encourage volunteers to make a lower impact by carpooling. If you would like to provide or are seeking a ride, please visit the TreePeople Carpool Facebook group.
If you are registered to participate in one of our volunteer opportunities and have extra space in your car, or are seeking a ride, feel free to post here to see if others need a ride or have additional seats!
If you do want to carpool through the group page, ALL drivers and passenger MUST fill out a Carpool Waiver and email it to email@example.com prior to the event.