2017 was the most destructive year for wildfires in California’s history.
Climate change, years of crippling drought and extreme heat have created a wildfire “season” that lasts year round. Last year alone, 1,381,405 acres of our state was burned with the largest fire taking place right here in Southern California.
And it’s only predicted to get worse.
This is our new reality. Extreme wildfires are not just affecting nearby communities, they are also impacting the air and water quality across our region. It’s easy to feel discouraged, but hope is on the horizon.
That hope is YOU.
Join us in the Fight for Forests Challenge Match. To inspire your generosity, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the nation's largest conservation grant-maker, will match up to $275,000 raised! When we meet the match, TreePeople will have over $500,000 for the first phase of our campaign to restore and protect our mountain forests.
Answer the call-- become a Forest Champion and give today to help us meet our goal of $275,000 by September 1st 30th!
All the funds raised for the Challenge Match will help TreePeople restore fire-scarred areas in the Angeles National Forest.
The Angeles National Forest’s 700,000 acres serves as an escape for all the 18 million Angelenos, and it needs YOUR help.
A series of wildfires – the Copper Fire of 2002, Ranch Fire of 2007 and Sayre Fire of 2008 – burned approximately 37,000 acres of national forest lands and left a significant impact on the plants, waterways and natural habitats of the region.
Your gift will help us ensure all Angelenos have:
Fresh air! Take a deep breath in a forest versus a downtown freeway – it’s vastly different. Cars dump tons of carbon and harmful particulates in the air every day 24/7. In the forest, the particulates and carbon are captured by healthy plants and trees and oxygen is released. Healthy forests purify our air 24/7.
Clean, local water! Native plant communities increase water capture and clean water, not just with their roots in the ground, but they also capture fog. The plants create shade, lowering temperatures which helps reduce water evaporation.
Healthy habitat for plants and animals! We often talk about wildlands restoration for human benefit, but we’re also restoring and protecting habitat for forest wildlife including deer, black bear, mountain lion, big-horn sheep, bobcat, condor and more than a thousand additional animal species in the Angeles Forest alone.
TreePeople’s work growing and caring for our trees and restoring our fire-ravaged forests is more urgent and important than ever.
Your matched gift will also help prepare us for the 2019 winter and spring mountain planting season by removing invasive species, training volunteers and collecting and growing native plants.
We can’t do our work without you! This is a game-changing opportunity to increase TreePeople’s capacity to plant and care for our forests.
The time is now-- help us raise $275,000 in the Fight for Forests Challenge Match before September 1st 30th.
$25 - Pays for a seedling
$50 - Covers the cost of a tree
$100 - Supports a Tree Care Day
$250 - Helps water a tree for a year
$500 - Makes a Mountain Restoration Day possible
$1,000 - Trains a Citizen Forester
Just as our work depends on people showing up to plant and care for trees, we need your support, right now, when your gift has double the impact.