Canopy's Annual Report to the Community
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Dear Friend of Canopy -    

I am writing to thank you for helping Canopy plant trees and protect our urban forest in 2010...and to ask for your support.

This fall we combined our Annual Report and Appeal, and prepared an online copy for your review. The document recaps the past fiscal year, provides a financial summary, and acknowledges our many wonderful donors and volunteers.

This document also outlines our vision for 2011. In the coming year Canopy will be working closely with local governments, businesses, school districts, and neighborhoods to:

  1. Plant trees that expand access to the urban forest
  2. Preserve mature trees whenever possible, and advocate for sustainable urban forestry practices
  3. Pursue long-term funding for urban forest revitalization 

We do this work because our urban forest is in a fragile state of maturity, threatened by climate change, urbanization, and improper tree care. 

As we approach our 15th anniversary in 2011, we hope that you will join our mission, share our good work with your friends and neighbors, and make a donation to support our efforts.


Yours for our trees,
Catherine Signature
Catherine Martineau
Executive Director

Urban Forest Update: California Avenue
Inappropriate Tree Trimming Threatens Newly Planted Trees

Dozens of newly planted trees on
California Avenue were improperly pruned last week by a City of Palo Alto contractor. Large percentages of the lower branches were removed without approval. 

Removing the lower limbs of young trees, sometimes called "lollipopping," is a poor practice because it limits the amount of photosynthesis a tree can do to produce needed sugars.  Much like "tree-topping," these acts of pruning might take minutes to do, and may be perceived as attractive, but can seriously impact the survival of young trees.  For more information, please see Canopy's webpage on Tree Mistakes to Avoid.

Temporarily leaving lower branches on young trees is critical to building strong trunks and enabling early growth. "The last thing we want to see is the growth of these trees stalled by improper care," says Canopy's Program Director Michael Hawkins.  lollipopping
The contractor involved has been reprimanded.  It is unclear what other actions the City should take to ensure proper young tree care. However, the situation demonstrates the importance and need for an Urban Forest Master Plan in Palo Alto. We need this plan to spell-out clear protocols and processes to keep our urban trees protected, and to safeguard the young trees in our parks, on our streets, and at our schools. 
New Slide-Show: Veterans Day Tree Planting
Click to view an inspiring account of Canopy's first VA Planting

More than 20 Canopy volunteers gathered at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System division in Menlo Park to plant 11 trees on Veterans Day.


In This Issue
Annual Report + Vision for 2011
California Avenue Update
Slides from Veterans Planting
Eleanor Pardee Park Meeting
Canopy's Annual Party
Garden Club Event
Facebook Challenge
Community Meeting:
The City of Palo Alto is holding a community meeting to discuss the conceptual tree replanting plans for Eleanor Pardee Park.

Date: Wednesday, December 8
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Fireside Room, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1309 Middlefield, Palo Alto, 94301

Visit the City of Palo Alto's website for more information.

Next Tree Walk: 12/11/10
Meet Arborist Ruben Green on a free guided tree tour of the University South next week. Enjoy the last of the fall colors while getting some exercise before the holidays!

Date: Saturday, December 11
Time: 10 AM to Noon
Location: Palo Alto Civic Center Plaza, 250 Hamilton Avenue (Map) Click to sign-up.

Visit the University South Tree Walk  or call 650-964-6110 x2.

Tree Walks in 2011
Fun! Fresh-Air! Exercise! We are pleased to announce our calendar of Arborist-led Tree Walks in 2011.

Join us
every month on the second Saturday from 10 am to Noon
. Click here to sign up.


January 8th - Barron Park
February 12th - Main Library
March 12th - Jr. Museum & Zoo
April 9th - Downtown North
May 14th - Palo Verde
June 11th - College Terrace
July 9th - Old Palo Alto
August 13th - Community Center
September 10th - University South
October 8th - Southgate
November 12th - Crescent Park
December 10th - Gamble Garden


Click the above links to see the self-guided Tree Walks or request a brochure: [email protected] or call 650-964-6110 x2.

Save-The-Date: 1/20/11
Canopy's Annual Party and
Mayor's Tree Planting

Canopy is looking forward to our Annual Party and Mayor's Tree Planting, this year to be held at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto.  

Date: Thursday, January 20
Time: 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, at the corner of Charleston and San Antonio

Garden Club Event
Holiday Affaire 2010 

The Garden Club of Palo Alto is holding a Holiday Affaire winter marketplace at Gamble Garden.

Date: Saturday, December 4
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Come out and see their boutique of holiday crafts, candies, and decorations. The event is, "a whimsical, winter marketplace full of goodies to tickle the spirit and tummy!"

Visit: or
call 650-329-1356
Facebook Challenge
Canopy receives $1 per New Fan!

Now is a great time to "fan" Canopy on Facebook! Beyond the fun facts and cool updates, each new member will be matched by a $1 dollar donation (up to $500) to Canopy! 

Today we gained 18 new friends! Help us keep the momentum rolling through the holidays!

Find us on Facebook

Join and help us find people who "like" the urban forests of the mid-peninsula. This opportunity is good through December 31, 2010.

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Trees are the lungs of our cities.  Caring for urban forests and teaching about their value lie at the heart of Canopy's programs. Canopy is a nonprofit that plants and protect trees to improve communities in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.
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