2019 Timelines: TreePeople History

  • TreePeople, California State Coastal Conservancy, and the City of San Fernando joined to launch Calles Verdes: a multi-benefit greening project that engages thousands of community and youth members to transform San Fernando into a model City for climate resilience. At least 750 trees will be planted and streets and parking lots will be redesigned and constructed to capture stormwater to bolster water supplies and reduce polluted runoff.
  • TreePeople, in partnership with County Public Works, begins the Lawns to Landscapes program which offers single-family residences nature-based solutions intended to reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality, and/or promote water infiltration and reuse.
  • TreePeople begins facilitation of the Disadvantaged Community and Tribal Involvement (DACTI) Program, also called WaterTalks, for the California Department of Water Resources. In partnership with County Public Works, Council for Watershed Health, Stantec, Better World Group, Sacred Places, and 11 community-based organizations, the program is focused on generating and increasing community involvement in planning a sustainable water future for California through education workshops, conducting LA’s largest water equity needs assessment, and involving community in water infrastructure project planning and implementation across 107 underserved communities in LA County.
  • TreePeople expands OurWaterLA, a diverse coalition of community leaders and organizations from across Los Angeles County united to create a strong water future. OurWaterLA helped to get Measure W passed and partners closely with County Public Works to ensure program implementation aligns with goals put forward in the ordinance.
  • TreePeople is part of the Watts Rising Collaborative, awarded a Transformative Climate Communities Grant from the State of California’s Strategic Growth Council. As a partner, TreePeople begins the planting of 2,000 trees throughout Watts along streets, on school campuses, in parks and on residential properties, including distributing 800 trees to residents to plant on their property.
  • TreePeople accepts leadership over the Calabasas-based Mountain Restoration Trust and its stewardship of 3,000 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. The move positions TreePeople as the largest environmental non-profit in the region and one of the largest landholders in the Santa Monica Mountains. The added resources allows TreePeople to intensify its nearly 50 years of globally recognized work to educate, advocate, protect and restore Southern California’s natural and urban ecology.