Environmental Stewardship Program at San Fernando Gardens a Success!

25 08 2011

For three weeks this July and August North East Trees, in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, trained and assisted 10 youth from the San Fernando Gardens public housing community with planting 200 hundred trees in the housing community.  Participating youth were trained in tree identification, installation, and maintenance. The project enabled the youth to learn skills useful in the green jobs and landscaping industries as well as to help their community. Participant Jesus Mejia said, “It’s a workout, keeps me healthy, and it’s going to look good here in the community.”[1]

North East Trees Urban Forestry and Youth Environmental Stewards Manager Aaron Thomas and youth participants stand near a newly planted tree.

Funding was provided by ARRA (American Relief and Recovery Act) and administered by California ReLeaf a non-profit organization with a mission to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. The North East Trees Youth Environmental Stewards Program seeks to develop a community based workforce to steward nature in resource challenged communities by training youth in environmental disciplines.

Participants plant a tree.

North East Trees Executive Director Mark Kenyon (left) with participants.

To learn more about North East Trees’ Youth Environmental Stewards Program and other Northeast Trees programs please visit www.northeasttrees.com

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