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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Million Trees LA general questions and answers section. We hope you will find the information helpful and informative. If you don't find an answer to your question, please click here to contact us with your question, comment or suggestion.

1. WHAT IS THE MILLION TREES L.A. INITIATIVE?

Million Trees LA was launched in 2006 with the goal of increasing our urban tree canopy. It was approved by the City Council and placed under the Board of Public Works. It is a true public-private partnership that works with local non-profit planting partners and corporate partners to plant trees throughout the City, focusing in on areas that need it most.

2. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS WHEN IT SEEMS THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS FOR THE CITY TO BE DOING?

It is important to enhance the natural environment. Planting and maintaining trees will help clean the air, clean up polluted urban runoff, help make streets and buildings cooler and provide an all-around more livable environment. Planting trees will also increase property values, absorb noise, and reduce stress and crime.

3. HOW MANY TREES ARE THERE PRESENTLY IN LOS ANGELES?

Through a recent tree canopy study, we have learned that Los Angeles has 21% tree canopy cover, which is below the national average of 27%. We hope to bring our tree canopy cover up to the national average, through this Initiative.

4. HOW WILL THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATE?

The public is encouraged to participate in this campaign by planting trees and informing the City of threes plantings, volunteering time to tree planting organizations, and/or by donating to the Million Trees L.A. Initiative. This can be easily accomplished by logging onto our website at www.milliontreesla.org or by calling 3-1-1 and providing the information.

5. IF I PLANT A TREE IN MY YARD, WILL IT COUNT?

Yes, as long as you live in the City of Los Angeles. In order for your tree to count, please make sure that you call 3-1-1 or include the information on our website at www.milliontreesla.org .

6. HOW WILL WE KNOW WHAT TREES TO PLANT?

You may plant any tree you wish. However, you may want to check out the www.milliontreesla.org website for helpful tree-related information.

7. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF TREES YOU WILL PLANT?

Tree sizes range from 1 to 15 gallons.

8. WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PLANT THE TREES?

Each tree planted will contribute to the success of the Million Trees L.A. Initiative and assist in improving the City's overall environment. There is a tree canopy analysis being conducted, which will provide scientific information as to where more trees would provide the great environmental benefit to the City.

9. WILL THE CITY SUPPLY ME WITH TREES TO PLANT?

If you are a resident or property owner within the City of Los Angeles you qualify for free trees through Million Trees LA or go to the www.milliontreesla.org website for the link to the same site.

10. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO MEET THE ONE MILLION TREES GOAL?

It depends on the active participation of our partners - the community, business groups, and individuals.

11. HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT TREE-RELATED EVENTS HAPPENING IN THE CITY?

Please check out the Tree Calendar of Events found in the www.milliontreesla.org website.

12. HOW DO I CONNECT WITH A TREE PLANTING ORGANIZATION?

Please go to the www.milliontreesla.org Calendar of Events and/or Resource listing for list of some local tree planting organizations in need of volunteers.

13. WHAT KIND OF TREES WILL YOU BE PLANTING?

We will be encouraging the planting of California friendly trees; that is, trees that are adapted to our semi-arid climate and will not use too much water. There have been a lot of questions about Palm Trees. We have no intention of eliminating or replacing Palm Trees. If people choose to plant them, they will count as part of the Million Trees LA program. Palm Trees have cultural and historic value in this city and they add to its aesthetic and visual texture. We are not targeting replacement of any trees; rather, we want to plant new trees where there are none currently. We want to bring shade to areas that don't have any. While there is no current plan to put Palm Trees in those targeted areas, our program is not planning to replace or eliminate them where they are now. Further, we will work with the communities of Los Angeles to determine what trees they would like in their neighborhoods.

14. HOW WILL TREES PLANTED BE MAINTAINED?

We have budgeted for initial maintenance, for trees that MTLA plants in public spaces. Residential trees will be maintained by the property owner.