As part of our youth training program funded by California ReLeaf and ARRA federal stimulus grants, North East Trees conducted an Urban Forestry training module during December 2010 and January 2011 at Ramona Gardens, a Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) site in Boyle Heights.
Ten young adults ages 18 to 24 who are residents of this facility were introduced to the basics of arboriculture and urban ecology, landscape design, habitat restoration, proper tree selection, installation, and maintenance techniques.
They were also given instruction on resume building and interview skills. A representative of the U.S. Forest Service spoke to them of job opportunities with the federal government, and representatives from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) discussed the park maintenance staff positions that are now available at their agency.
The tree planting training resulted in the youth planting approximately 276 shade trees at the public housing facility where they live.