The Urban Forestry program empowers environmentally stressed communities with the support, education, and tools they need to create green neighborhoods and become resilient in the face of climate impacts. Through the Urban Forestry Program, TreePeople is taking on direct organizing efforts to inspire, engage and support climate resilient communities. To be true partners in these communities, many of which are facing ongoing economic and environmental distress, we thoughtfully engage in understanding their unique needs and work alongside them to achieve our shared goals. We encourage active participation from our community members through our Community Forester Model.
Although TreePeople works in many of Southern California’s environmentally stressed communities, we focus on Southeast Los Angeles and the Northeast San Fernando Valley. This is due to the severe impact of increasingly dangerous heat, toxic pollution, and seasonal flooding that these communities experience. Planting trees in these communities is one step towards healing from historically harsh environmental impacts.