Connecting People to Our Urban Environment with Science
City Plants partners with the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE to run a research destination hub focused on urban natural resources stewardship to promote adaptive management, technology transfer, and science in Southern California’s Mediterranean climate.
Climate Ready Trees
City Plants works with the LA Urban Center to tackle some the biggest ecological questions Los Angeles faces today – What trees should we be planting with LA’s changing climate? Drs. Greg McPherson and Natalie van Doorn of the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station are partnered with Dr. Alison Berry of UC Davis and her team to conduct a longitudinal study of resilience of urban tree species. This Climate Ready Trees study uses selected species anticipated to be suited for southern California’s future climate conditions. This study will inform improved species selection. Partners such as the Los Angeles Beautification Team and Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department are helping to make this long term work possible by aiding planting and maintenance of the trees.
Meet the Partners
Amigos de los Rios
Amigos de los Rios mission is to create an “Emerald Necklace” green infrastructure network of parks and trails throughout the Los Angeles Basin to connect the Mountains to the Sea, and in doing so, improve access to recreation and link Southern Californian communities to nature and each other, expand access to safe non-vehicular transportation, create culturally meaningful public spaces within blighted communities, and protect urban communities from the harmful effects posed by climate change.
The mission of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Urban Forestry Program is to lead the effort to advance the development of sustainable urban and community forests in California. Regional Urban Foresters provide expert urban forestry support to communities, non-profit groups and other municipal governments to create and maintain sustainable urban forests.
California Urban Forests Council
The California Urban Forests Council, the first urban forest council in the U.S., are professionals associated with municipalities and public works, urban planning and design, arboriculture and the nursery industry, and community-based and public health organizations. They support seven Regional Councils across California. They are dedicated to the expansion and perpetuation of sustainable urban and community forests to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
We are proud to be one of the City’s most comprehensive social service providers, offering an array of diverse, interesting and comprehensive recreational programs to serve youth, adults and seniors. We are stewards to over 16,000 acres of parkland, offering extensive recreational, social and cultural programs at 444 park sites in every Los Angeles neighborhood from the valley to the sea.
TreePeople inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. We unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. We work with volunteer leaders using our unique Citizen Forester model, and we influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles.
USDA Forest Service
The US Forest Service’s mission is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.” As the lead federal agency for the LA Urban Center, the US Forest Service’s role is to provide technical and financial assistance, research, and targeted outreach to increase community awareness on the importance of natural resource management in sustaining healthy and viable cities.