Posted on | November 7, 2011 | 5 Comments
Scott Wilson, founder of North East Trees, died this morning after collapsing in his Eagle Rock garden over the weekend. He was 89.
The man whose urban greening career started with a massive oak planting at Occidental College in 1989 went on to build a non-profit that combined urban forestry with storm water management, river restoration and town planning. In the last 22 years, his team of landscape architects and horticulturists have been responsible for 35 public gardens and the planting of some 50,000 trees. As he fought to revive the Los Angeles River, former staffer landscape architect Jessica Hall remembers his clarion call being “We’ve just got to outlive the opposition!”
According to a statement issued by North East Trees, Wilson was pruning a tree to take clippings to his church when he lost consciousness and fell. “I believe this was how Scott might have chosen his final act to be: in service to his community – and in a tree,” wrote executive director Mark Kenyon.
There is no word yet on what kind of tree it was. “We’ve been asking each other that all day,” said North East Trees landscape architect Kathleen McKernin.