Your Quality of Life
Depends on Trees.

Cleaner Air, Lower A/C Costs, Less Dust & Noise Pollution.
Our Collective Actions Really Do Save Trees.

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What can you do to help?

Last year, a group of L.A. citizens joined together to promote sensible and environmentally-conscious urban forest management with the City.

The importance of this collective action cannot be overstated — after brainstorms, community meetings, and meetings with the City, the trees on Cherokee Ave (pictured above) were SAVED! What's more, the City embraced a more forward-looking policy for urban forest and tree management across the city. For more background information, check out the article CurbedLA published in 2018 about this very issue. But we must continue to engage the City to truly enact sensible and sustainable policies. Fortunately, doing something can literally be as easy as dedicating a few minutes of your time. Doing so can save you a lot of money, elevate property values, and maintain your good health!

Call

Take 60 seconds and call the L.A. City Council's Public Works And Gang Reduction Committee at (213) 978-1064. Tell them to put the brakes on removing trees in the City and to work with community groups established to respond to this very issue. As importantly, let them know that you recognize and appreciate the positive steps they've made thus far!

Sign

Join with others around the world to sign our petition, which continues to collect signatures well after its inception. Be sure to comment with why it’s important to keep trees in and around Los Angeles on the petition.

Email

Take 5 minutes and tell the L.A. City Council's Public Works And Gang Reduction Committee what you think in a brief email. Reference any of the points on this site or the petition; tell them why it matters to you. They can be reached via the committee's Legislative Assistant at: Michael.Espinosa@lacity.org.

Attend

JOIN US FOR MEETINGS AND URGE THE CITY TO CONTINUE THIS WORK: fill out our contact form and we will update you about all of the relevant community and city meetings and events. We work with several organizations here in L.A. and the meetings are very informative and engaging. Get answers to questions, learn from others, and help create the changes we so desparately need in the world.

What Trees Do

Trees are responsible for a much greater positive impact than most of us realize.

Urban trees are arguably the single most important factor in the impact on L.A.'s larger urban forest. The cooling effect these trees create literally makes the rest of Los Angeles cooler. Trees truly are critical to our cities! Fewer trees = higher cooling costs, more health problems, and loss of biodiversity due to habitat destruction.

Lower Utility Costs

The canopy these trees create can lower the utility bills of surrounding buildings by 30%. A single tree has the same cooling effect as 10 room-sized A/C units operating 20 hours/day! Without the trees, energy use & utility bills will skyrocket!

Filtering Toxins

Numerous studies show trees are integral to cleaning the air, preventing heat stroke, and keeping people and animals healthy overall. The elderly, children, sick & disabled could suffer the most—they’ll all be at higher risk for heat stroke, lung disease, and death.

Reduced Noise

Trees act as natural buffers to the sounds of city life. Cutting them down will invariably result in a louder atmosphere, worse sleep, less peacefulness, and reduced property values.

Water Efficiency

Replacement trees require increased watering (California is in a drought), and would only receive city watering for 3 out of the 5 years they'd take to establish. They are essentially destined to fail.

Important Habitat

Countless birds nest in the branches above. Important migratory and native species could lose their homes, resulting in a major hit to biodiversity. This counters the city’s pledge to protect and enhance biodiversity.

Increased Property Value

Councilmember Ryu's office just partnered with the Bureau of Engineers and the Bureau of Street Services to install permeable sidewalks nearby. This could be the perfect opportunity to do a pilot project in a residential area to protect property values.

Animal Residents

These are some of the species that have lived in these trees for half a century.

Ladybugs

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Ladybugs are a beloved species of insect that help keep aphid populations under control here in Los Angeles.

Butterflies

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Several species of butterfly, including the monarch (pictured above) frequent trees in the city of Los Angeles.

Finches

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Finches can be seen all across Los Angeles, nesting in trees, looking for food, and signing to one another. Photo by: Shenandoah National Park

Hummingbirds

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The young female Anna Hummingbird is one of a number of species of hummingbird that use LA trees to create their nests.

Lizards

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The Western Fence Lizard is a common lizard in Los Angeles. They frequent our city's trees for shade, shelter, and sustenance.

Parakeets

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This photo by Derek Keats shows a Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, a domesticated bird that has developed self-sustaining populations in Los Angeles.

Pigeons

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Pigeons are found in most urban areas, including Los Angeles. They have little negative impact and add life to our city.

Doves

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Mourning doves are admired all across the world for their signature cooing. Los Angeles' beautiful trees provide safe places for doves.

Squirrels

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Squirrels love jumping from branch to branch in our city's beautiful trees. A favorite amongst children and adults alike.

What Californians Are Saying:

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As a resident on this street, I can attest to the positive impact these trees have on our block. We’re significantly cooler than the adjacent streets during sunny hours, in fact, it’s easy to compare the impact by walking down Cherokee at 1 pm vs Las Palmas, which has the proposed replacement trees. Furthermore, the biodiversity of Cherokee is unmatched compared to the nearby streets. These trees are home to most of the area’s squirrels and a major nesting spot for sparrows, in fact any action to remove these trees during this time of year will certainly kill a large portion of this year’s baby sparrows and squirrels. Los Angeles as a city is massively behind other major metropolitan areas throughout the world in terms of developing an urban canopy, something which is only becoming more critical due to the rapidly increasing effects of global warming. Don’t destroy one of the few truly great urban canopies in Los Angeles when there are so many other, innovative sidewalk solutions. Los Angeles should be showing the world how innovative and environmentally impactful we are, not hurting ourselves so we can stick with old, safe ideas.

Brooke B. California
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Mature trees add so much to the beauty of this city. We've done an awful job preserving the character of our neighborhoods. This aesthetic quality on top of the environmental significance, is why we need these trees. We need to preserve our trees!

inga s. California
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The trees on Cherokee are unique to other streets in Hollywood and have kept the area significantly cooler during the recent heatwave. Removing them would be a terrible mistake.

Robert M. California
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I live in Hollywood, and I frequently walk the neighborhood - including Cherokee! We desperately need to keep these trees, as well as all the other shade trees in the community.

Richard S. California
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These trees represent Heritage Trees and are valued for their ability to cleanse the air of toxins and cool the entire area. These trees are also valuable for their beauty - they are needed for all of the reasons stated above. Please retain these trees and endeavor to plant more trees throughout the City of Los Angeles for all of the reasons stated above.. Thank-you, Barbara Mauz Los Angeles, CA 90064

Barbara M. California
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Removing trees from a city as hot, crowded and polluted as L.A. is wrong-headed as an action and unsound as policy. Every neighborhood in L.A. needs trees like these 18 majestic shade-bearing beings on Cherokee Avenue. Trees help mitigate the heat-island effect caused by the hard-scaped urban environment, provide habitat for many animals, and give shade to people. Moreover, trees make excellent carbon sinks. City leadership, including Mayor Garcetti, cannot claim support for environmentally friendly policies while also removing trees. The two things are incompatible. The mayor has an office of sustainability. Yet, it is not sustainable for the environment or human health to remove mature, shade-bearing trees. Los Angeles's trees are already threatened by several pests. Do not add city employees to the list. Thank you. Sincerely, Gina K. Thornburg, PhD

Gina T. California
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The air quality in Los Angeles is worsening and very little is being done to address that. Our last mayor promised to plant a million trees and failed at that. Maybe this mayor can at least stop killing the existing tree canopy.

Xochitl G. California
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Trees are essential for our oxygen and our best hope for surviving this rising heat levels. They are also essential for aesthetic reasons and for keeping our perspective..

Marilouise M. California
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We are losing so many trees in LA due to global warning. We must preserve as many as we can. Don’t cut down trees that provide shade and cooling.

Leslie J. California
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This city has become barren and hotter than ever due to the removal of 65% of our nature neighborhood trees to build hideous McMansions. What will it take to stop the destruction of Los Angeles ? STOP REMOVING TREES!!

Savanah B. California
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Trees are incredibly important to neighborhoods in LA, more important than perfect sidewalks.

Lisa M. California
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Of course this is in District 13. Will Mitch O’Farrell stop at nothing to get rid of every single, long-established resident, building, and now TREES? We need the shade wherever we can get it. With rising heat goes rising electric and water bills to keep cool. Mature trees are the least expensive resources to maintain. I know there’s very little common sense among the decision-makers at City Hall, but you are leaping over the absurd and into the just plain stupid! Fix the sidewalks! They can be easily replaced. Mature trees cannot. Think! Think! Think!.

Veronica L. California
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I am worried that we are destroying our tree canopy and people like myself with asthma will have to move away because the air quality in Los Angeles is too bad. Other cities find ways to fix sidewalks without removing trees -- why can't we do that too?

Joanne D. California
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Trees. Shade. Du-uh-uh.

Elin G. California
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There is not enough green in this city. More trees!

Leonardo D. California
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This is not the solution.

Peri H. California
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DO NOT DESTROY THESE TREES!!!! That would be a HUGE mistake. It is completely misguided to cut down mature trees. DON'T DO IT!!!

Susan W. California
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Trees are like our liver! They take bad air and filter it out to oxygen. You can't live without Oxygen.

SUE C. California
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These trees are so important for our air quality, they are beautiful and are part of what makes the Los Angeles landscape so amazing.

anonymous California
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A canopy of mature trees is a most important aspect of health for the citizens of this city. Providing shade to cool and air to breathe cleansing the air of dangerous pollutants. I walk the city a great deal seeking out tree-lined streets you can feel a different effect on people, walking down Rossmore to where the trees stop at Vine is a distinct contrast in human behavior. A sidewalk plan is needed to save all mature growth in LA. They were planted at a time with a future vision of a green Los Angeles.

Robert B. California
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Trees are our best technology for cleaning the air and reducing climate warming. Please preserve our health and our city's health!

Julia M. California
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Cutting down trees in order to repair sidewalks isn't necessary. Sidewalks can be repaired with alternative materials that save the trees trunks and roots. We need trees more than ever to combat pollution and high temperatures!

Jane D. California
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I see it happening all over the city when a classic home is torn down and replaced by big cookie cutter homes. The trees go as the bulldozer takes the old classic home down. Our climate is getting hotter every year...we NEED those trees!

Joyce F. California
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I care about the environment. Don’t cut down trees, especially these trees!

Cheryl R. California
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its already hot as it is in LA, why do we want it to be hotter?

Erin L. California
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We must keep our trees for shade, history, beauty, etc why are you cutting these invaluable trees?

Wendy K. California
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Trees are CRITICAL to the beauty and comfort of our neighborhoods! We do NOT have ENOUGH of them! We cannot afford to cut down any trees! For any reason!

Jane C. California
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Trees Rule

Sheila O. California
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Shade trees are even more important than ever before; they provide so much. Help keep urban heat islands ay bay.

Cheri S. California
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Climate control is very important and nothing does it quite like these amazing trees. Thank you

Daniel J. California
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Mature trees are vital to our city. Too many trees are being removed by developers who build McMansions and Small Lot Subdivisions.

anonymous California
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Even though I don't live on this street I know the benefits of tree lined streets, what they do for the environment and our city. Do not tear down these trees. We need more trees all over the city!

Anonymous California
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Please preserve this helpful and beautiful tree canopy!

Jonah B. California
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Best street to walk down. Trees are so important to our environment.

Kendra S. California
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Trees are the lungs of NATURE, and help to keep HUMANS LUNGS from being overcome by air pollution!!!

tracy w. California
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Tres are life!

Hugh K. California
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Large trees change the entire mood of a street, they provide shade, make it feel harmonious with nature, they effect or mood in a positive way, and they are like elder statesmen of the neighborhood. Please dont remove these trees and replace with small sapplings.

Charles C. California
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Since the trees were removed in front of my house, it now gets uncomfortably warm. We had to buy and use a window air conditioner. Plus those trees are beautiful. I don’t want to live in a concrete city.

Anonymous California
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We lost so many trees in the drought- we need to find another way to address this problem rather than cut down beautiful healthy trees.

Stacy D. California
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Take Action Now:

When We Speak Up and Take Action, Trees Are Saved and We All Benefit. Tell the City to Fix the Sidewalks and Save The Trees!

Michael.Espinosa@lacity.org (213) 978-1064 / (213) 473-7003

Attend The Committee Meetings

200 N Spring Street, Room 340
Los Angeles, CA
90012 US

Speak To The Committee: