TreePeople Celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
TreePeople’s plant production nursery receives Phytosanitary Accreditation for following best management practices for the prevention of soil borne pathogens, such as Phytophthora. These sanitation practices, combined with frequent monitoring and testing, allow TreePeople to produce healthy plant stock. TreePeople is one of only two nurseries in Los Angeles County that have been approved to provide plant stock for our Angeles National Forest projects.
TreePeople assumes the role of Watershed Coordinator for the Santa Clara River Watershed, to build capacity and facilitate community and stakeholder engagement with the Safe, Clean Water Program. In this capacity, TreePeople serves as a connector between community members, advocates, and agencies to potential projects within the watershed that capture and collect rainwater to reduce the amount of trash and pollutants carried by surface runoff and increase regional water supply.
TreePeople begins Learn At Home in response to the State’s stay-at-home order during the global pandemic. The interactive multilingual online program aimed to support kids, teachers, parents, and families through daily/weekly engaging content covering a wide range of environmental topics.
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.
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 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 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, 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, 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 completes the #LAStormcatcher Pilot Project. The project is a collaboration between LADWP, LA Bureau of Sanitation and LA County Flood Control District, facilitated by TreePeople, to explore the challenges to and benefits from increased collaborative governance of water management. The pilot installed a half-dozen cutting edge residential rainwater catchment systems, featuring cisterns equipped with cloud-based monitoring and control technology that adjusts performance in real time based on forecast precipitation — releasing or retaining water to optimize tank capacity, onsite irrigation, groundwater recharge, runoff reduction and flood mitigation. The systems have been rigorously analyzed to reveal the full potential of residential rainwater capture at the regional scale.
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council of the U.S. Forest Service awards the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative, a national partnership lead by TreePeople, to fund urban heat research. It is a ground-breaking partnership of major research institutions, which research and design the use of expanded tree canopy and other green technologies to cool our cities and protect our most vulnerable residents from the dangerous health impacts of heat-related climate change