Between 2005 and 2008, more than 2000 volunteers planted 500 trees as a pollution barrier along the Los Angeles airport, with the initial understanding that the City of Los Angeles would care for the trees. Shortly before the first planting the City reneged, and Tree Musketeers managed to raise enough funds to ensure care for the trees until 2011. The lives of these 500 trees on the front lines in war against pollution are now in jeopardy!
500 trees are currently at dire risk of dying for lack of care, while serving as a pollution barrier for the area. El Segundo is surrounded by highly polluting neighbors: LAX, the world's 6th busiest airport and Los Angeles County's biggest polluter; a sewage plant; two electrical generating facilities; the west coast's largest oil refinery; and a freeway. In 2003, EPA data reflected that El Segundo was 3rd among California cities for exposure to industrial emissions.
When we are able to resume care for these 500 trees, they will be able to absorb 5,000 pounds of air pollutants a year, and produce nearly 130,000 pounds of oxygen - enough to support 100 people. These 500 trees reduce noise pollution for residents by buffering and absorbing noise levels by 50%. Finally not only do they reduce the heat island effect but they provide a welcoming entrance to Los Angeles and El Segundo.
In addition to the solutions previously detailed, in the years to come our Trees to the Sea will help prevent drought, a major problem facing Southern California. By filtering the water, trees prevent soil erosion and reduce the flow of sediment and chemicals into streams and oceans. Finally, trees planted anywhere improve community life, reduce violence and help normalize the climate in the fight against global warming.