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Youth Tree-Planting in Huntington Park

TreePeople is leading a youth-driven grassroots effort to expand urban forest in an industrialized residential neighborhood.

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Huntington Park is home to people who are ready to take their community back. The people are fed up living with injustice, pollution and the impacts of heat. There is a better way and nature has the answer.

Community greening can change lives in communities like Huntington Park. The people here are in a good place to get started – they already have the help of a close-knit and enthusiastic population, and a small city government that’s engaged and on-board with the process. Huntington Park has shown the power training youth leaders has in the fight on climate change’s impacts – like severe heat – using tree planting and tree care along city streets.

Over the past two years, TreePeople has grown a presence in Huntington Park and developed relationships with youth groups to learn what the people want and need. We’ve held focus groups and local youth helped survey the community to help us assess people’s readiness and willingness to plant and care for trees.

The Huntington Park community wants a healthier, cooler place to live and they want to be part of the change.

TreePeople is leading a youth-driven grassroots effort to expand Huntington Park’s urban forest by planting shade trees to improve air quality, lower surface temperatures, reduce polluted runoff, and both filter and recharge the groundwater in this industrialized residential neighborhood. With community support, these trees will get the water and care they need so they continue to grow and thrive.

The community is especially in need. Huntington Park, which is 7 miles south of DTLA is one of LA's heat-impacted communities. The people suffer from intense heat while also living in a polluted neighborhood thanks to local factories. People are forced to breathe dirty air and the community’s groundwater is also contaminated. Residents suffer from the health impacts from living in these conditions - rising heat will only make this worse. But there are solutions! Trees cool urban landscapes and are needed to help people in the face of these environmental health challenges.

Investing in trees reaps:

• Temperature reduction: 11% in areas with trees
• Greenhouse gas reduction: 421,083 pounds – 524,700 pounds
• Energy savings: 8% - 12%
• Stormwater capture: 68,800 – 86,000 gallons annually
• Lower rates of respiratory illnesses
• Fewer deaths

Trees offers some of the best and most cost-effective ways to sequester carbon and cut greenhouse gas emissions from energy use. As they grow, trees incorporate carbon into their roots, trunks, and branches. But that's the smallest difference they make in the fight against climate change. In a dense, hot city like LA, their real power comes from their ability to reduce the urban heat island effect and to keep buildings cool so there's less need to run energy-guzzling air conditioners.

We can all feel the difference in temperature between a tree-lined street and a barren stretch of wide sidewalk. Concrete, asphalt, and most roofs capture the sun’s energy, holding it and raising temperatures. Trees do the opposite, cooling local buildings under their shade and preventing the build up of heat in the neighborhood generally.

The TreePeople teams are planting 56 trees in Huntington Park, include five different species: water gum, bronze loquat, chitalpa, crape myrtle, and evergreen pear.

Most of these trees grow large enough to offer significant shade to the local houses which are less than 20 feet away in most cases. Using the US Forestry Service calculator, we determined the total CO2 reduction of these trees to be 167,301 lbs over the 40 year lifespan of the trees.

Because the project's cost is $3,640, the BOTTOM LINE is that you reduce 45 lbs of CO2 for every dollar you donate!

CUFR Tree Carbon Calculator, developed by Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, US Forest Service, in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. http://www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc/tools/tree-carbon-calculator-ctcc

TreePeople was born from the efforts of a teenager. It’s Founder and President Andy Lipkis, lead projects to help save LA’s mountain forests by planting smog-tolerant seedlings to replace trees being killed by air pollution. TreePeople now inspires and supports people to take climate action by planting and caring for trees, harvesting the rain, or planting climate-appropriate landscapes.

The organization works with volunteer leaders using its unique Citizen Forester model, as well as with government agencies to promote innovative solutions for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles. TreePeople has more than 20,000 supporters, a staff of 50 professional foresters, educators, and policy facilitators, a dedicated Board of Directors, and 10,000 volunteers. To date, TreePeople has moved more than 2 million people to plant and care for more than 2.5 million trees in the Greater Los Angeles area, from the mountain tops to its concrete-laden urban streets.

TreePeople’s long-term vision is to increase equitable tree canopy across the LA region, and source 50% of our water locally. Their special focus is on vulnerable, under-resourced communities suffering the effects of climate change and environmental injustices.


Huntington Park is home to people who are ready to take their community back. The people are fed up living with injustice, pollution and the impacts of heat. There is a better way – and nature has the answer.

Community greening can change lives in communities like Huntington Park. The people here are in a good place to get started – they already have the help of a close-knit and enthusiastic population, and a small city government that’s engaged and on-board with the process. Huntington Park has shown the power training youth leaders has in the fight on climate change’s impacts – like severe heat – using tree planting and tree care along city streets.

Over the past two years, TreePeople has grown a presence in Huntington Park and developed relationships with youth groups to learn what the people want and need. We’ve held focus groups and local youth helped survey the community to help us assess people’s readiness and willingness to plant and care for trees.

The Huntington Park community wants a healthier, cooler place to live and they want to be part of the change.

TreePeople is leading a youth-driven grassroots effort to expand Huntington Park’s urban forest by planting shade trees to improve air quality, lower surface temperatures, reduce polluted runoff, and both filter and recharge the groundwater in this industrialized residential neighborhood. With community support, these trees will get the water and care they need so they continue to grow and thrive.


You can make a difference today – by joining TreePeople's team of volunteers. People like you are key to transforming our region into a healthy urban ecosystem, one tree, one block, one person at a time.

It's a fun and rewarding experience -- you're empowered with the support, training and tools you need to be an engine of change.

TreePeople offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to plant and care for trees, restore our local mountains and to take care of our nursery and park. To get started, take a look at their volunteer calendar of events and register for an event that suits your interest and schedule. Once registered, they will automatically email with you with details and directions.

See their other volunteer opportunities if you are interested in being an office, outreach or photography volunteer.

Learn more on TreePeople's website.


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