Take a survey on the Urban Forest 


Dear Friend of Canopy,   

If you live or work in the City of Palo Alto, I am writing to ask for a few minutes of your time.


Please click this link to complete a City-wide survey on Palo Alto's Urban Forest: Urban Forest Master Plan Survey before January 26.  


This winter we began working with City staff to create an Urban Forest Master Plan for Palo Alto. This survey will play an important role in informing the preparers of the Urban Forest Master Plan.  


Again, if you can spare a few minutes for our trees, please complete this survey and encourage your friends to do the same! Urban Forest Master Plan Survey.


Yours for our local trees,
Catherine Signature
Catherine Martineau
Executive Director

Mayor's Tree Planting & Annual Party : Thursday, January 20th from 5:15 to 7:15 pm


Canopy is bringing our 15th Mayor's Tree Planting and Annual Party to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Guests will mingle with old and new friends, enjoy libations and hors d'œuvres, see paintings by local artist Judy Gittelsohn, and celebrate volunteers and community leaders at our awards ceremony.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

5:15 to 7:15 pm

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The event is free of charge, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by January 18th: [email protected].

or call (650) 964-6110, extension 304.

Judy Gittelsohn (, local artist and Canopy supporter, will have her paintings on display at the Annual Party

An Ecological Approach to Native Oak Care
Valley Oak Leaf


Canopy is featuring a program at Hidden Villa on native oak care.   


Join the professional or community sessions to see a demonstration of an experimental non-toxic method to re-mineralize soils and preserve the health of oak trees.  


Thursday, January 27Professional session
(For arborists, property managers, environmental agency professionals, and government workers).

10:30 am to 2:00 pm
$60 per person (fee includes morning coffee break and lunch)

Saturday, January 29Community / Public session
(For gardeners, landowners, and the general public)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$30 per person; $15 per student / limited income

The causes and treatment of Sudden Oak Death are controversial and there is currently no cure. Dr. Lee Klinger will demonstrate a soil-focused replenishment method of tree care that uses common agricultural minerals to promote healthy, natural forest conditions.  This method mimics the effects that periodic forest fires would have had in replenishing soil minerals. Healthier soil builds healthier trees!
Dr. Klinger is an independent scientist and consultant with over thirty years of experience in the environmental sciences at major institutions in the US, UK, and China. For more information on Dr. Klinger's work, click here
Register now or call (650) 949-9704 for additional information.

Palo Alto Art Center Hosts Famous Sculptor


Patrick Dougherty is one of the nation's most prominent environmental sculptors is currently building a monumental site-specific installation at the Art Center.  


Created with local and renewable willow saplings, his works embody natural life cycles, changing over time as the sticks settle and decay, eventually returning to the earth from which they grew.  


Environmental sensitivity is a major concern for the artist. Saplings are gathered from maintained sources so that the branches grow back to make new sticks for future uses.


Until January 28, the public may view the artist's creative process during his three week artist residency. The installation will remain at the Art Center until January 30, 2012.  


For more information visit the Art Center website.


In This Issue
Urban Forest Survey
Mayors Tree Planting & Annual Party
Native Oak Workshop
Tree Sculptor: Patrick Dougherty
Sign-up to Volunteer on MLK day!
Valentines Tree Walk
Tree Walks in 2011
Get set to give back!


The City of Palo Alto is holding a community-wide volunteer organizing event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Visit the Canopy Table, featuring on-site service opportunities.


Date: Monday, January 17

Time: Noon to 3:00 PM

Location: Lytton Plaza at the corner of University Avenue and Ramona Street, Palo Alto, 94301


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

Next Tree Walk: 2/12/11


Meet leading arborist Barrie Coate on a free guided tree tour near the Main Library / Art CenterThemed for Valentines Day, this stroll through the downtown urban forest should interest couples of all ages!  

Date: Saturday, February 12

Time: 10 AM to Noon

Location: Downtown Main Library at the corner of Hawthorne and Kipling Street

(Map) Click to sign-up.


Visit the Main Library / Art Center Tree Walk or call 650-964-6110.

Tree Walks in 2011 


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.

February 12th - Main Library

March 12th - Jr. Museum & Zoo

April 9th - Crescent Park

May 14th - Palo Verde

June 11th - College Terrace

July 9th - Old Palo Alto

August 13th - Community Center

Sept. 10th - University South

October 8th - Southgate

Nov. 12th - Downtown North

Dec. 10th - Greenmeadow  

January 2012 - 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.

Charitable IRA Rollover


The tax bill signed by President Obama on December 17th, 2010 restores the IRA Charitable Rollover through 2011. This means that through 2011, taxpayers can make tax-free distributions to charities directly from individual retirement accounts (IRAs).  


The bill includes an extension that allows individuals to give through the month of January 2011, and still have it count for the 2010 tax year.  Contact your IRA trustee to arrange your gift to Canopy.  


If you have questions please contact: Elliott Wright, Director of Development at (650) 964-6110 x304 or at [email protected].


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