1986 Timelines: TreePeople History

In the days following a devastating fire, TreePeople coordinates volunteers to rescue thousands of waterlogged books from the Los Angeles Central Library. TreePeople volunteers  fly to Africa with 6,000 surplus bare-root fruit trees, set aside in February during the annual local fruit tree distribution — and after researching and matching available trees with suitable recipients, climates, locations, cultures and soil types in five countries. Over the next three years, 1,200 additional trees are distributed. The Citizen Forester Training is established.