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The Endangered Adelie Penguins

AdeliepinguinThe Adelie Penguins are one the smallest and most commonly found penguin in the Antarctic. They are quite clumsy on land but are amazing swimmers that can dive down to 180m. Although they tend to catch their prey much closer to the surface, they are very playful in the water. They are usually found in colonies of hundreds. The Penguins are listed near threatened despite their increasing numbers, but the population could decline massively with climate change and other penguins coming in better adapted for the climate change.

End of year gifts & tax deduction with Tree Musketeers

It’s the end of the year and whether you are looking for a tax-deduction or gifts that make a difference for your loved ones, we have you covered at Tree Musketeers!

Your donation to support our work in the South Bay and around the world is 100% tax-deductible. You can donate online or send your contribution to: 305 Richmond St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Checks are payable to “Tree Musketeers.”
Tree Musketeers is a nonprofit organization with a 501 (c) 3 status under Internal Revenue Code. Our EIN is 95-4277842.

Our Store is full of great ideas for meaningful gifts, such as Marcie the Marvelous Tree’s Autobiography, Earth Cards or our One in a Million Poster. When shopping online, remember to use AmazonSmile and GoodShop: once you’ve said you want to support Tree Musketeers, we will receive a percentage of what you spend.

You can also adopt or plant a tree to honor the people you love. Learn more on our Memory Tree page. Our next Memory Tree Plantings will be on January 24th & February 28th, 2015 at 1pm on Memory Row.

For any questions, feel free to call our office at (310) 322-0263 or to email us at We look forward to hearing from you!

New Youth Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners training

Each year TREE MUSKETEERS organizes several sessions to train new Youth Planting Supervisors and orient new Adult Partners.

Youth Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners are instrumental to the work of TREE MUSKETEERS: they ensure professional youth leadership in all our volunteer activities.

TREE MUSKETEERS has developed a team of young people – Youth Planting Supervisors (YPS) – who are trained, according to ISA guidelines, to lead proper tree planting and care events. These young leaders work alongside other kids and adults to expand our local Urban Forest. In addition to leading tree plantings, Youth Planting Supervisors serve as representatives and leaders of TREE MUSKETEERS and the environmental movement at tree care events, fairs and other events. Learn more and sign up here.

The Adult Partners Team (APT) is comprised of  adults of all ages to serve as mentors for youth volunteering at TREE MUSKETEERS. APT creates a solid support system for both at-risk and mainstream youth. APT members come from the residential and business communities, and volunteer for a comfortable level of participation. Options range from serving as an occasional adviser to committing to mentor one child for a longer term or working with a youth ordered by courts or schools to perform community service. Learn more and sign up here.



Help Tree Musketeers get matching funds from Microsoft!

WidgetStarting June 25th at 9am PST and for a few hours only, our “Growing Young Leaders and Trees” project on GlobalGiving will see all donations $10-1,000 matched 100% by Microsoft as part of their Youth Spark program. That means that if you give $25, we’ll get $50!

Please consider giving now, while there are still funds to distribute, to support our efforts to empower young environmental leaders and to care for our urban forest.

Tree Musketeers President Finalist in ACTrees’ Volunteer of the Year Award

Julian MDD2013Tree Musketeers is honored to announce that its President and Youth Manager Julian Poyourow was selected as a finalist for the Alliance for Community Trees 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award.  The award highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live.

“Volunteers are the heart of local tree nonprofits, providing the resources and energy that make tree planting and care possible,” says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “Julian Poyourow models the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism, and leadership.”

Since the day he walked into Tree Musketeers’ office in 2007 at age 11, Julian Poyourow has become indispensable to the organization. In six years, he has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of volunteering, including more than 200 hours for 2013 only. Going through LEAD Courses at Tree Musketeers and spending time caring for trees in afternoons and week-ends, Julian quickly took on a leadership role when becoming a Youth Manager and later a Board Member for the organization. He currently serves as its President.

New study shows that fracking kills trees

The New York Times “Green” Blog reports that a new study shows serious impact from fracking on a national forest in West Virginia. “Almost immediately after disposal, the researchers said, nearly all ground plants died. After a few days, tree leaves turned brown, wilted and dropped; 56 percent of about 150 trees eventually died.”

The researchers said that the disposal section was less than half an acre in size “to minimize the area of forest potentially affected by the fluid application.” About 75,000 gallons were applied over two days in June 2008.


You can read more about fracking in the Environment America Research and Policy Center’s Report, available on our Learn – Energy section.

IPCC Report on Global Warming

On September 27, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Report on Global Warming, confirming humans’ major role in climate change.

IPCC2013Report“Warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased,” reports the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC.

This is a new wake-up call (if still needed) for us to reverse global warming. Each of us can have positive impact by modifying the way we live even in small but meaningful ways.

At Tree Musketeers, we capitalize on Trees’ ability to absorb CO2 and we conduct ongoing planting and caring for trees at the local and international levels. You can learn more about that on our volunteer and 3×3 Campaign pages.

We also invite you to Learn more in our different sections about the facts and what you can do to help build a healthier Earth.

Welcome On Board and Fond Farewells!

The Hacienda Hotel hosted our annual Board of Directors and staff retreat in August.  Chad Hummel was elected as a Director and immediately voted to be our new Treasurer.  After serving six years as a Youth Director, Adam Gerard moved into a Director’s seat. Keeping up the family tradition, Talia Gerard became our more recently elected Youth Director.  We will miss Gino Polizzotto who left our Board after 10 years of service.

On the staff front, Ariel Tolefree-Williams joined the team as Volunteer Manager when Eileen Tinoco moved on after three years in that position.  Perrine Vaillant was welcomed on board to ably fill the vacant Outreach Manager position.  Stop in to say hi!

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