LA River

"We have so much nature around us that we just don’t realize it."

Saturday, April 23, 2016  North East Trees – Ascot Hills Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016

North East Trees – Ascot Hills Park

“I am out here on behalf of my company, Apple. They coordinated this charitable effort to celebrate Earth Day. So I thought it was a great opportunity. I love nature. I love the landscape L.A. has to offer. I go hiking all the time and I wanted to give back and plant a tree. This is the first time I ever planted a tree so it’s a new thing to learn for me. I forgot to consider how many bugs live in the earth. There were a lot that came up and surprised me when digging up those holes, but it was a very rewarding experience. To know that trees can live for centuries, if you think of it that way, you are contributing to the earth for decades and centuries to come. What humans can do to the earth can be so destructive and as a society we are not completely conscious of it. So I think the challenge is really just awareness. I didn’t think to seek out an effort like this. It was presented to me through work and I am really grateful that it came by that way. So the first step is letting people know there are organizations like North East Trees that exist and it’s just so easy to get started. We have so much nature around us that we just don’t realize it. Planting trees is fun. Putting on gloves and getting dirty and being handed a shovel and digging a hole is fun. Just give it a chance.”

"I think the biggest thing is educating people that it’s your street and it’s your river."

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Friends of the Los Angeles River – The Great LA River Cleanup Tujunga Wash @ Haines Canyon Channel

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friends of the Los Angeles River – The Great LA River Cleanup
Tujunga Wash @ Haines Canyon Channel

"We’re out here doing this because many of these tributaries drain into the ocean. This is the Haines Canyon Channel and it’s a major tributary that drains into the L.A. River. This drains into the Tujunga Wash and the wash is a 13 mile long tributary that goes into the L.A. River. It goes through Hansen Dam and passed Valley College where the Judith Baca’s “Great Wall of Los Angeles” mural is painted and then it meets the L.A. River. If we don’t clean this trash up before it hits the ocean it all becomes a part of that giant floating island of plastic. We want to make a dent in that. I think the biggest thing is educating people that it’s your street and it’s your river. So whatever is on your street is going to end up in your river. We want people to know that when you clean up your street, you’re cleaning up your river. You don’t even have to come out to the river cleanup. You can just cleanup your front yard and it makes a difference."