ACT Members Unite to Celebrate Trees in Los Angeles

Alliance for Community Trees’ member organizations will join together in a tree planter’s stewardship event hosted by TreePeople of Los Angeles. Volunteers representing greening organizations nationwide will join together to prune and care for 75 young trees in LA’s Ernest E. Debs Park. We hope you’ll join us at this fun and friendly hands-on activity for ACT members.

When: September 6, 2006
Where: Ernest E. Debs Regional Park (map it)
4235 Monterey Road,
Highland Park, CA 90042
818-223-2721 (p)
The stewardship event kicks off ACT’s Annual Member Meeting September 7, followed by the California Urban Forests Conference on September 8-9. ACT joined forces for the conference with member organization California ReLeaf and the California Urban Forest Council, making this the largest gathering of grassroots urban forestry groups ever. Deputy Chief James Hubbard of the USDA Forest Service, California Resources Agency Undersecretary Karen Scarborough, and social scientist Stephanie Pincetl of UCLA are among the many outstanding speakers that pack the 3 day extended program.
All conference attendees are invited to join ACT, California ReLeaf, TreePeople, and The Home Depot Foundation in this fun project. Build fellowship and learn more about how TreePeople organizes its volunteer events.

See Invitation Below:

Dear Tree Friends,
Welcome to Southern California!
Thank you for your interest in the ACT and TreePeople sponsored Tree Care event on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. We hope you can join us and learn some new tricks! (Please note: this event starts at 2 p.m. and runs till 4 p.m. It is not a “drop-in” event.)
Led by arborist and tree care manager, Jennifer Scott-Lifland, this TreePeople-led tree care event will introduce you to the “community-powered” tree care that has inspired hundreds of LA volunteers and supported thousands of city trees for the last 10 years! This event will be held in the Ernest E. Debs Park, Montecito Hills–which is halfway between Pasadena and downtown L.A.
Our tree care focus will be Teaching Basic Pruning, Stake and Tree Tie assessment, How, Why and When to Mulch and Deep Water. Learn to help trees THRIVE not just survive!!
What You Bring:
Work gloves, bottle of water, comfy shoes, sun hat and positive attitude!

What TreePeople Brings:

All tools, educational materials and know-how
Where to Meet:
For those staying at the Hilton Pasadena, you can get a ride with ACT or California ReLeaf by meeting us in the lobby at 1:15 pm on September 6. (RSVP to Alice at ACT so we can have a firm headcount please). Or, meet us on-site at 2 p.m. (directions below).
How to get there:
Take the 110/Arroyo Seco freeway (south from Pasadena OR north from downtown Los Angeles)
Exit Via Marisol (head toward the hills!–cross back over freeway if you have come from Pasadena…)
Follow Via Marisol signs– pass Hermon Park on the left)
Turn right on Monterey Road. Go 8/10 of a mile.
Just after erosion control walls, turn right into Ernest E. Debs park–Montecito Hills**.
Continue driving (park has only one road!) 5/10 of a mile
until you see new shade structures, lots of new young park trees and plenty of parking!
(**Please note there are other entrances to this large, beautiful urban park so make sure you are
following the directions above!!)
Please RSVP to Alice at Alliance for Community Trees via email or phone (301-379-5303, cell).
We look forward to meeting fellow community tree organizers and learning about how you work with volunteers in your community! We hope you will find this to be a fun way to learn about how TreePeople engages L.A. residents in tree stewardship. Hopefully you can take home some ideas or fresh insights from sharing, for a few hours, in TreePeople’s mission to revitalize Los Angeles.
Jennifer Scott-Lifland
Tree Care Manager