About Us


North East Trees is a community based, grassroots, environmental non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We were the first design build non-profit organization in Los Angeles. North East Trees’ staff includes licensed professional arborists, landscape architects and landscape designers who ensure efficient and effective end-to end project management

 

North East Trees was founded in 1989 by Mr. Scott Wilson, a retired LAUSD high school teacher and licensed Landscape Architect. Mr. Wilson’s pledge to plant 5 trees a day for the rest of his life, and his parallel commitment to helping at-risk youth find meaningful employment in the green industry, have resulted in a non-profit organization delivering effective training and environmental restoration programs to under-resourced communities in the greater Los Angeles Area.

 

In the 20 plus years since its inception, North East Trees has:

Planted over 100,000 trees
Designed and built over 35 mini-parks, trails, street-scapes and gateway improvements
Trained and employed hundreds of local youth in our environmental stewardship program
Implemented innumerable landscape improvement projects including habitat restoration along the Los Angeles River and throughout Los Angeles County

 The projects throughout our 25 years of existence have been funded through local, state, and federal government agencies, foundations, corporations, private entities, and individuals. Our funding partners include: California State Natural Resources Agency, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA), Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC), Los Angeles County Open Space District, City of Los Angeles, City of Glendale, City of Cudahy, California Dept. of Transportation, California State Water Board, U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Justice, The Annenberg Foundation, S. Mark Taper Foundation, and Home Depot Foundation, among others.

NET has worked in degraded areas and derelict parcels of land and has successfully rehabilitated, enhanced and beautified them for the benefit of community members. Additionally, these areas have been transformed from blighted and unsafe to inviting and healthful ones that provide improved air quality, and stormwater infiltration, reduction of the heat island effect, and a healthier environment.

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