This holiday season, Gaia wanted to do something a little different to say ‘thank you’ to our clients and partners. Together, over the year, we’ve had a meaningful impact creating high-performance sustainable buildings. Staying true to our joint commitments to the environment, sustainability and curbing climate change, we planted trees as our holiday gifts.
Gaia partnered with Tree People, an environmental non-profit, to find a meaningful location for our holiday tree planting. This led us to Lower Topanga Canyon in an area known as Rodeo Grounds. Over the years, this area has been used for illegal camping, rodeos, and communal villages. It bears the scars of these human developments. However, it was recently purchased by the California State Parks and is undergoing a re-wilding project spear headed in part by Tree People.
The California State Parks and Tree people have been removing ‘unnatural items’ and non-natives invasive plants that are destroying habitat, harming animals, and are prone to wildfire. Now they are re-planting native species which support the creeks natural water filtration and restore habitat for Topanga turtles, deer, and steelhead trout.
On November 13, Gaia’s staff, clients and friends met up in Topanga and began work. Over the course of 4 hours we planted 25 California Coastal Live Oaks. These trees will grow to a mature height of 30 – 80 feet and live over 250 years. Tree People will continue to visit the area and water the trees while they are establishing. We’re excited to watch the trees grow over the years!