The Dry Garden: North East Trees

Posted on | July 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

Unless you are active in the field of urban greening, you probably haven’t heard of North East Trees. Unlike the better known TreePeople, North East Trees has not seen its founder land on “The Tonight Show.” Rather, the nonprofit that Scott Wilson started in 1989 by planting 700 oaks at Occidental College in Los Angeles’ community of Eagle Rock has quietly been planting many more trees (50,000 at last count), working with low-income communities to create parks, and partnering with city and county agencies on water-harvesting projects. North East Trees has been at the cutting edge of L.A.’s ecological makeover.

Click here to keep reading about North East Trees in this week’s Dry Garden column in the Los Angeles Times.


One Response to “The Dry Garden: North East Trees”

  1. Charlie
    July 10th, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Good to see someone quietly working on important, reasonable projects. TreePeople do a lot of great stuff but have also gotten carried away on high profile but potentially harmful projects like the Angeles National Forest tree planting (wrong tree species being used, valuable habitat being converted to monoculture)… I wish TreePeople would get back to their roots, so to speak.

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