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About Million Trees LA

Welcome to Million Trees LA!

Our mission is to improve Los Angeles' urban forest and leave a living legacy for future generations of Angelenos. We are investing in our urban forest to:

  • Enhance energy savings
  • Reduce the urban heat island effect
  • Improve air quality
  • Supply fresh fruit to families
  • Create green jobs for at-risk youth
  • Make LA a greener and more beautiful city

MTLA is a public-private partnership between the City of Los Angeles, local non-profit organizations, community groups, residents, and businesses. MTLA is a unique hybrid organization under LA's Board of Public Works with a non-profit 501(c)3 arm and foundation through Community Partners. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We have increased LA's annual planting rate significantly without receiving direct funding from the City's General Fund.

Million Trees LA has been actively working to plant trees in public spaces and provide trees to local residents and businesses since 2007. In 2010, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Trees for a Green LA Program was combined with MTLA to make one unified tree planting program for the city. LADWP remains MTLA's largest sponsor of citywide tree-planting efforts. Through this partnership, MTLA is able to provide free shade trees for residents and property owners in the City of LA, along with important information on where to plant those trees to maximize energy efficiency in your home or business.

If planted to the south and west of a building, trees will provide shade during the hottest parts of the day, cooling the building and lessening the need for air conditioning. Less a/c use saves energy and money on your electricity bill. Using less energy also helps reduce the need to generate energy, which helps combat climate change.

Trees are Green Infrastructure

Trees are a form of green infrastructure. They filter asthma-causing pollution out of the air and help reduce the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. They help us protect our beaches by capturing polluted storm water and helping it sink into the ground rather than wash out to sea. Trees add beauty to our neighborhoods, which increases property values and makes business corridors more attractive to shoppers. Our urban forest is truly a form of infrastructure - one that improves in value over time. It's up to each of us to take care of it and to leave a living legacy for future generations.

Our urban forest is truly a form of infrastructure - one that improves in value over time. It's up to each of us to take care of it and to leave a living legacy for future generations.

How You Can Help

Plant Trees in Your Yard:If you live in the City of Los Angeles, you are eligible to receive up to seven free trees to plant on your property or you can obtain a permit to plant on your parkway (between the sidewalk and the street). Take care of them and watch them grow. Also, be on the lookout for our fruit tree adoption events, where you can take home one fruit tree to plant on your property. Plant them on the south or west side of the building to maximize shading and energy savings.

Join a Community Tree Planting:Throughout our winter and spring planting season, you will see us planting trees at schools, parks, and along busy streets for all Angelenos to enjoy. Come help us plant and be One in a Million!