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Support Urban Forests and Take Action

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Dear Linda,

An urban forest encompasses all of the trees, both privately and publicly owned, in and around cities. Urban forests are massively beneficial to the environment around them – with capabilities that include reducing the urban heat island effect, improving water supply and quality, increasing jobs, and more! To learn more about the many benefits of an urban forest, click here or watch the video below.

Unfortunately, the City of Los Angeles’ urban canopy is under threat due to badly-enforced tree protection laws, a lack of funding for urban forestry, and diseases and insects such as the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer, which threaten the health of trees. These factors together put our urban forest at risk, and suggests that the City is at a critical period for potential catastrophic tree canopy cover loss.

But there is hope to reverse these negative impacts on trees in our beloved City. TreePeople has developed a policy tool that will allow YOU to take part in protecting our urban forest – a tool that will allow YOUR voice to be heard loud and clear that “WE SUPPORT URBAN FORESTS.”

TreePeople has been a pioneering leader and a strong advocate for urban forestry at the policy and grassroots levels. We strongly believe that trees in cities are essential infrastructure to protect, support, and sustain our daily life with benefits ranging from providing shade, water, and food to enhancing human health and well-being, community cohesion, and economic growth. We need trees in the City more than ever as we are facing a new norm (e.g., extreme heat, droughts, and fires).

Making great change requires grassroots action. We invite you to take part in that change. Join TreePeople and support an Urban Forest Management Plan for our City and our communities by writing a letter to your councilmember/mayor’s office, donating to the work of TreePeople’s Policy team, and signing our petition. Click here to learn more on how you can make a difference today.

Thank you
TreePeople