New micro-forests for the purpose of combating climate change are emerging around LA

How many trees does it take to make a forest? Not as many as one would believe in LA’s latest micro-forests.

On Saturday, 20 trees – including Brisbane box, tipa and blue jacaranda – were planted in a corner of Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights. It was not small seedlings; trees 6 to 7 feet tall were planted to instantly provide a green shade in a neighborhood where there is little shade.

The LA Park Forest Initiative, as it is called, “was really inspired by the fact that so many of our parks desperately need more trees, especially those around the city center,” said Carolyn Ramsay, CEO of Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

Ramsay and others devised a plan to get mature trees into the ground and make sure they bloom. The initiative includes two years of deep watering every month and weed care. Wood species were selected because of their ability to withstand warmed temperatures due to climate change.

Take a first-hand look at the micro-forests planted in these city parks (and learn more here):

  • Lemon Grove Park, 4959 Lemon Grove Ave., Hollywood
  • Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave., Los Angeles
  • Robert Burns Park, 4900 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Ross Snyder Recreation Area, 1501 E. 41st St., Los Angeles

3 things to do this week

A woman in a sitting position in front of an outdoor class

Monique Reymond leads a hypno-yoga class at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

1. Hypno-yoga in an LA cemetery- shall we say more? LA can sometimes push the limit when it comes to wellness. “The reason I mixed Kundalini yoga with hypnosis is that when you do this extended breath, you change your brainwave patterns to an alpha state, which replicates a mild hypnotic state,” said general practitioner Ellen Heuer in an LA Times story. Hypno-yoga sessions every Wednesday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd. in LA) are open to everyone. Some participants appreciate the setting. “It feels more powerful to be connected with spirit and spirits,” said participant Stefanie Carimati of Los Angeles. Classes from 8 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. are free, but donations are encouraged to fund local charities. More info here.

A map with a route delimited

The route to CicLAvia on Sunday.


2. Come and mark 10 years with CicLAvia’s car-free street parties. In 2010, about 100,000 people attended the first CicLAvia event in downtown LA. Now, organizers are planning to mark its 10th birthday (events were canceled last year due to COVID-19) with a Heart of LA event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard or just watch people at the six-mile block party, with hubs in Chinatown, the Civic Center, Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights and MacArthur Park. Food carts as well as exhibitions and activities will be at each hub. Be prepared to wear a mask that LA requires at gatherings of more than 10,000 people, and a helmet (if you ride a bike or skate). More info here.

The faces of two sheep eating grass

Sheep at the Farm Sanctuary in Acton.

(Farm Sanctuary)

3. Learn about the movement of the livestock reserve – and visit a place near LA Farm Sanctuary was started 35 years ago to raise awareness of the treatment of livestock and to promote “cruelty-free, plant-based life.” “The Power of Sanctuary” virtual event celebrates the organization’s decades of working for a food system that shows compassion for animals. Sign up here for the free event at 16:00 Pacific time Saturday. Want to go on a guided tour to see animals on the farm in Acton, about 50 miles from downtown LA? Sign up here ($ 10 for adults, $ 5 for kids 4 to 12).

Wild things

A black and white bird with a red comb

An ivory woodpecker specimen at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

(Associated Press)

Among certain bird watchers, nothing has been more relentlessly in demand than ivory woodpeckers. Now the hunt is over. The bird, the largest in the woodpecker family, was recently declared extinct along with 22 other species. “The woodpecker stubbornly and with fanfare went out and made unconfirmed appearances in recent decades that ignited a frenzy with ultimately unsuccessful searches in the swamps of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida,” the Associated Press reported. Eight birds native to Hawaii, two small fish, some mussel species and others joined the list of creatures considered extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The red flag

A bird chops a dead fish on sand.

A bird chops after a dead fish left on the shore in the wake of Orange County oil research.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The large oil spill off Orange County scattered about 144,000 gallons of crude oil from an oil pipeline – raising questions about when residents were alerted to the problem. “California and federal officials had strong indications of oil on the water off the Huntington Beach coast Friday night, records reviewed by The Times show more than 10 hours before the operator of an oil rig reported it to authorities,” said an LA Times story.

The must-read

A kitten looks out from under a dog.

Lupine, the foster kitten, stays close to Teddy.

(David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times)

Animal Lovers Beware: Not all kittens you care for will cope. Still, there are compelling reasons to dive in anyway. Columnist David Lazarus wrote a story about the ups and downs: “It’s hard to care for baby animals, I do not want to suck it. You can be awake much of the night feeding. There will be clutter. You are constantly watching to make sure the little one is not underfoot or in danger. But every little milestone – first feeding, first step, first poop – is a small act of grace in an otherwise worn out world. “See the adorable photos and the whole story here.


Illustration of a roadrunner, snake and other creatures in the desert

Can Death Valley Desert Heal a Broken Heart?

(Illustration by Melissa Simonian / For The Times)

Author Toni Morrison once wrote: “At some point in life, the beauty of the world becomes enough. You do not have to photograph, paint or even remember it. That’s enough. “Linnea Bullion can tell, especially after a cherished camera broke while she was in Death Valley trying to heal her broken life. She wrote an LA Affairs essay for the LA Times about the loss of a life-changing relationship. and the loss of the camera: “Not everything can be saved, and sometimes you need three days alone in the desert to remind yourself of this fact.” Read about her desert journey to heal here.

It’s official! A state park in California, formerly known as Patrick’s Point in Humboldt County, is renamed Sue-meg after the original Yurok tribal name for the area. The change is the first renaming of a park in California as part of an initiative to identify and correct derogatory names associated with state parks and transportation systems. Read the full story here.

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