TreePeople to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

(Los Angeles, CA) TreePeople, a Los Angeles environmental and community action group, today announced the kick-off of the Palms Restoration Project.


In collaboration with Mar Vista Community Council, Westside Village Civic Association and Palms Middle School, the project’s goal is to create tree-lined streets in the urban-dense neighborhood of Palms, the oldest community on the West Side (founded in 1886). According to the 2000 census, the population of Palms is 110,000, generating a population density of 12,207 people per square mile.
Tree-lined streets create a safer environment for children. According to the 2000 census, 46 percent of Palms residents are families with children. 16 percent of residents are under the age of 15. This inaugural event will plant 30 trees. This event is one of dozens of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). TreePeople is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.
“It’s great to be working on this important re-greening effort,” said Jim Summers, TreePeople’s director of forestry. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Over the last year, the local community has worked together to design Palms as a tree lined boulevard. “We are thrilled to have received this grant and work with TreePeople to green our community,” said Lisa Cahill, the local organizer of the project.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored with a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. TreePeople’s celebration will take place as follows: October 29, 2005, 9am-noon, Palms Middle School. Participants: TreePeople, Mar Vista Community Council, Westside Village Civic Association and Palms Middle School. To participate in the planting please contact Marisa Colon at (818) 623-4879 or e-mail mcolon@treepeople.org.
“We’re thrilled to have TreePeople participate in our first-ever NeighborWoods Month,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. ACT has been in existence since 1993 as a problem-solving center for leaders of community-based urban forestry groups. Its founders share a vision of healthy, functioning urban ecosystems nurtured by a broad base of community stewards. Today, ACT is a growing alliance of 68 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
Kelly Caffarelli, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation, said “We are excited to partner with ACT on this initiative. Our foundation works with affordable housing and tree planting organizations across the country to promote livable, healthy and affordable communities. This partnership provides a terrific opportunity to further our goals.”
The Home Depot Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that are in the business of building better communities. The Home Depot and many of the suppliers who help fill the company’s shelves contribute to The Home Depot Foundation to help fulfill their shared vision of creating stronger, healthier neighborhoods. The Foundation focuses its efforts in the areas of affordable, efficient and healthy housing production and rehabilitation and tree planting to restore urban and rural forests. See www.homedepotfoundation.org for more information.
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Laurie Kaufman
(818) 623- 4851; lkaufman@treepeople.org
Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation