L.A. needs 90,000 trees to battle extreme heat. Will residents step up to plant them?

L.A. City is relying on a network of neighborhood tree ambassadors and nonprofits to boost tree canopy in underserved neighborhoods. Will it work?

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__heytchap
__heytchap
499 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Isn’t this why we pay taxes, so the city can handle shit like this like they’re meant to? What am I even paying for at this point?

asymmetric_orbit
asymmetric_orbit
365 · 7 days ago · Reddit

For those that didn't read the article:

"The drought restrictions implemented June 1 by the L.A. Department of Water and Power includes an exception for the hand-watering of trees, however, and should not have an adverse effect on tree health if they are followed correctly..."

City Plants provides free yard trees for property owners.

boatyboatwright
boatyboatwright
180 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Or even better, if you have my fucked up landlord R&E Property Management, the trees are already there for decades and they send trimmers 48 hours before the summer solstice and cut all the palms so there is NO SHADE in our previously lovely courtyard.

jackie_moon69
jackie_moon69
133 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I can barely take care of myself- no way I can handle 90,000 trees

supermegafauna
supermegafauna
115 · 7 days ago · Reddit

These folks are doing great work to help plant primarily native trees

https://www.northeasttrees.org/

brenemer
brenemer
65 · 7 days ago · Reddit

plant native trees! here’s 200 to choose from, sorted by popularity: https://calscape.org/​loc-California/​cat-Trees/​ord-popular?srchcr=sc62b1d0e33df5e

should the the various governments in this region be doing this? yes. but they don’t care; trees don’t vote, trees don’t donate to campaigns, trees don’t violently enforce the property relations which are the source of govt power - what use is a tree to a politician? so, it’s up to us to save the world instead (and growing trees is really nice and fun and fulfilling)

Courtlessjester
Courtlessjester
62 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I need a permit to plant in the parkway to give you an idea of how backwards some jurisdictions are and how that will prevent some of the changes needed

SupplyYourPips
SupplyYourPips
46 · 7 days ago · Reddit

It's up to the residents? Isn't that the government job?

djm19
djm19
46 · 7 days ago · Reddit

The city does plant a decent amount of trees. But the real question is how well are we taking care of them. Trees require a lot of watering in the first couple years.

Aeriellie
Aeriellie
31 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I see more new trees on certain neighborhoods at a time instead of per house. How do we sign up a block? Or a whole street? I see it in the nicer areas but not really in my neighborhood.

madproof
madproof
22 · 7 days ago · Reddit

The city has a program where they will give you free trees to plant in your yard.

However, I tried to use the program and they denied my front yard because we have a street lamp and the trees would be too close, and they denied my backyard because of the power lines that run through the alley. It also took over 2 years for them to respond to my request, only to be denied.

I don’t if anyone actually gets the trees, or it’s just a front.

14508
14508
20 · 7 days ago · Reddit

According to the article Garcetti set a goal for 90k trees and only got 65k. Previous mayor set a goal of 1 million trees and only got 400k.

If I were mayor I would simply set a goal of 1 billion trees. We fall short but we still plant a couple million trees. That’s a W.

misterlee21
misterlee21
20 · 7 days ago · Reddit

From the looks of this comment section.... No. I don't think so.

dontreallycareforit
dontreallycareforit
16 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Best I can do is a small focus on my apartments meager balcony-way. Y

tdenstad
tdenstad
15 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Will developers stop tearing down homes with fully mature trees to build $1.5mm per unit condo complexes whose buildings come up to the edge of the sidewalk?

radiantwave
radiantwave
14 · 7 days ago · Reddit

In the middle of a drought... State ordering us to not water our shit... And you want me to plant another 90,000 trees... When I already have 9 dying from thirst?

peripatos
peripatos
13 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Trees are getting cut down like crazy right now thanks to adu building and densification. Bye bye landscaping.

PaulHaman
PaulHaman
10 · 7 days ago · Reddit

In the community garden in Encino, the city removed a huge Mulberry tree 4-5 years ago that had a bit of a rotting issue. Ever since, the grounds supervisor keeps saying they'll plant a new tree, but still nothing. A new tree even started sprouting where the old one was, but a city crew cut that down too. We all used to use that spot for gatherings, picnics, and generally escaping from the sun, it was so relaxing. It's a big open spot, I'm not sure why they wouldn't want to put a new tree in there, especially when everyone wants it.

ur-squirrel-buddy
ur-squirrel-buddy
7 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Every time an original 1940s home sells in my neighborhood, a company buys it and tears it down to rebuild a new house, and they also tear out all the mature trees on the lot. It’s such a crying shame!! It makes me so sad.

WoozleWuzzle
WoozleWuzzle
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Dang so many nimbys.

"Why should I have to do anything?" okay don't. But hey, if you're not so self centered, planting a tree could help.

"The city should pay to plant it for me" Good news they have a program for it!

"I'm one person that was denied, that means the whole program is a sham! I had a lightpole too close and electrical wires running through my backyard!" Um, okay. Sorry you didn't qualify, but doesn't mean everyone was denied. Others should still try and qualify for free trees (paid by our taxes) and help out.

We're all in this world together. Glad there's people who aren't self-centered but this thread is filled with them.

erics75218
erics75218
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

How about the city of LA do it. I'm just trying to stay alive...I can't save the planet.

Fuck off

eanoper
eanoper
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

It's foolish to think that you can ask a population as civically disengaged as Americans to engage in a long term relatively high maintenance task on their own initiative and expense. It's just not going to happen.

Iggynachos1
Iggynachos1
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I would, but city workers would probably remove them. My street alone has three less fruit trees.

The_Pandalorian
The_Pandalorian
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

That's an astonishingly low number of trees for a city of this size and means. This feels like something the city could pull off on their own without putting the entire onus on residents.