The trees of Los Angeles, and all those who depend on them (which is all of us), have lost a great friend and advocate. Scott Wilson, of Eagle Rock, founded North East Trees in 1989. He and the organization are responsible for planting at least 50,000 trees, many of them now mature, shade-giving, storm water absorbing, habitat-providing, oxygen-generating and beautiful members of our community.
I personally met Scott only once, about a year ago, and we chatted for about 45 minutes about trees and landscape architecture. He was passionate about his vocation, charming, friendly and funny. I feel lucky to have met him in person, though I already knew him well by reputation. He left a great legacy for his community and his profession. He showed us what can be done and it is up to us to continue on in the critical work of re-foresting Los Angeles and beyond.
His family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to North East Trees.