Tree Planting in Southern California Connects Community with Environment

Note from ACT: Reader’s Digest has the largest print circulation of all U.S. periodicals, so this positive media about the urban forest- and Citizen Foresters- is good news for our growing national movement. Hopefully ACT members will be able to use this in fundraising and volunteer efforts.
By David Hochman
Los Angeles, CA (June 1, 2009)- Growing trees in the concrete jungle brings neighbors benefits beyond beauty. Your street is definitely naked,” Andy Lipkis was telling me as he squinted in the blazing sun at the concrete expanse outside our house in the Del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles. “It’s like someone said, ‘Trees? Nah, don’t need ’em here.'”


Lipkis would help me change all that. Years ago, as a 15-year-old camper in the San Bernardino Mountains, he’d noticed pine trees ravaged by smog and fire and had mobilized friends to plant a smog-tolerant variety in their place. A lifelong mission was born. As the president of TreePeople, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1973, Lipkis, now 54, has inspired hundreds of thousands of volunteers to plant more than two million trees throughout Southern California.
Related Resources:
Reader’s Digest – Tree Planting in Southern California Connects Community with Environment
Reader’s Digest- Making It Matter
TreePeople