Palo Alto Arbor Week Festival: March 10, 2012
Planting and Celebrating Trees at Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park   

Saturday, March 10, 2012   

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Tree Circus with Tim Womick mom and sonand Climber Chad Brey
  • Ceremonial Planting to honor the 100th Anniversary of the Girls Scouts of America
  • Tree Walks with local arborist, Kevin Raftery 
  • Ask the Arborist Booth Sponsored by the Western Chapter ISA 
  • Activities for Kids: Tree Art, Earthbench Building activity, and more.
  • Delicious Food Trucks will be available including: Oaxaca Kitchen, Butterscotch-on-the-go.
  • Sneak Peak Tour of the tree design at Mitchell Park Library with Planning Arborist Dave Dockter.  
  • Meet the real Stanford Tree! Get your bark signed.    

Stanford Tree
Volunteers are still needed to help plant and care for trees, so if you are interested please RSVP by March 1:, 650-964-6110 x1.  


Be a part of this fun event! It's open to individuals, families, groups, and businesses interested in planting, protecting, and celebrating local trees.  We hope to see you there!
Thank you! cal arbor week
Michael Hawkins
Program Director 
Wanjira Mathai to visit East Palo Alto, Stanford
Feb. 13th at 4:15PM: Stanford Y2E2 Building 
Wanjira Mathai
On February 13, 2012, Wanjira Mathai -- daughter of the late Wangari Maathai, and international liaison for the Green Belt Movement -- will speak about her vision of sustainable development in Kenya Africa and ongoing challenges and plans to continue her mother's vision. Join us for this free event:

Stanford's Y2E2 building (Map)
Room 111 - first floor 
Monday, February 13, 4:15 p.m.
Event Details:
Click Here    

Wanjira grew up in Kenya, and has been working to share her mother's inspiration that began Canopy's plantings in East Palo Alto. Canopy planted 1,200 trees along the soundwall's of East Palo Alto following her mother's inspirational planting of the first tree -- an olive tree -- on April 30, 2006 (Video).  
49 New Trees at Costaņo / 49ers Academy
School Community Comes Out Strong!
On January 16, 2012 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- Canopy hosted a Costaņo / 49ers Academy Service Day to plant 49 trees! More than 80 parents, students, and volunteers came together to plant shade and fruit trees that will make a lasting difference at the school.

Special thanks goes to the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club, and also the Parent Teachers Association of Costaņo / 49ers academy. Everyone did an amazing job and completed the planting with efficiency and excellence!

This planting was part of Canopy's Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative to plant 1,000 trees at local schools by 2015. At this event we brought our total to 420 trees that have been planted at schools since last year!  
Update: Young Trees Need Water
Trees and Water Class on March 28
As you may have noticed, 2012 has had very little rain.  Our trees are thirsty and we want to remind our local residents that the trees, particularly the young trees, need water. 

Young Roots Need Water

Trees in California depend on a wet winter to sustain the dry summers.  However, this year, we have had very little rain.  While the cool weather is keeping the root zones of most trees protected, recently planted trees may need to be irrigated, especially evergreens.  For tips on how to water your trees, click here.

Trees and Water Class
Striking the balance between watering trees and conserving water resources is important. The Public Utilities Department will be offering a class to discuss proper irrigation techniques, and care to preserve the long-term vitality and growth of trees in your landscape, even within a water conserving design
: Palo Alto Lucie Stern Community Center
Date: March 28, 2012
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Keith Reeves Fee: None, but due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot in this class, call (650) 329-2241
Volunteers Celebrated, New Mayor Honored
Memorable Planting & Party at Gunn High

Approximately 80 people gathered at Gunn High School on January 19, 2012 to honor Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh by planting a Valley Oak at his old high school (Photo by Avn Nijhawan). 
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Afterwards, guests joined for a reception in the Gunn Library to recognize Canopy Volunteers and special people for their outstanding service to support the Urban Forest (Photo by Avn Nijhawan).
Daniel Noriega-Diaz
"Young Forester of the Year" went to our Youth Staff member, Daniel Noriega-Diaz shown here with County Supervisor Liz Kniss and Executive Director Catherine Martineau.
More photos can be found by clicking here
February 2012
Arbor Day Festival
Facebook Planting
49Trees for 49ers
Watering Trees
Photos: Mayors' Planting
Valentines Tree Walk
Tree Walks in 2012
Venerable "George"
Old Car = New Trees
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Valentines' Tree Walk  

Sat. February 11th - 10AM

Chris Regan

On Saturday February 11th join leading Arborist Chris Regan of the Shady Tree Company for a free (and sweet) Canopy Tree Walk in Palo Verde.


When: Saturday Feb. 11th
from 10AM to Noon
Where: Meet at the front of Palo Verde Elementary School, 3450 Louis Road.
What: See Evergreen Pear, Modesto Ash, Scotch Pine, Flowering Dogwood, Deodar Cedar, Marina Madrone, Coast Redwood, and others on our Palo Verde Tree Walk.  


Chris Regan: "I am fortunate to love working with trees, which are not only beautiful but also valuable in many ways. They produce the oxygen we breathe, give us shade, and provide homes for birds and squirrels. I love the seasonal transformation of deciduous trees and the constancy of evergreens. For me a tree is a source of perpetual delight."  


Tree Walks in 2012 

Monthly, Free, and Fun!  

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


Feb. 11th - Palo Verde
(This Saturday)  

March 10th - Mitchell Park
(Arbor Day Celebration)

April 14th - Jr. Museum & Zoo   

May 12th - Comm. Center 

June 9th -  Old Palo Alto    

July 14th -  College Terrace 

August 11th - West Bayshore  

Sept. 8th - University South 

October 13th - Southgate 

Nov. 10th - Crescent Park  


Click the above links to see the self-guided Tree Walks or request a brochure: or call 650-964-6110 x1  


Venerable "George" 

Two-Century-Oak Passes  

Cowper Oak

It's always sad to lose a tree; and this week we not only lost one of our oldest trees, but a piece of our local history.   


"George," a remarkable two-century Coast Live Oak on 818 Cowper was removed for hazardous conditions related to the trees root structure and stability. 


We are grateful to the Palo Alto Historical Association, Junior Museum, and former Canopy Board Member Urban Cummings for their efforts to gather the wood, and to create a bench or other commemorative piece.


For more on this story, please see the Palo Alto Online.  


Old Car = New Trees 

Free: 888-676-TREE (8733) 

Canopy recently received its first car donation.  The donor had a seamless experience, free towing, and now has a tax-deduction worth $500!


Thinking about selling your car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle? Support your local trees and donate it to Canopy instead!  


Canopy is a nonprofit public charity 501(c)(3). We will handle the title details, towing, & processing. It takes a few minutes, but its is worth your time: 877-676-TREE (877-676-8733).  


Facebook Friends! 

Grant = $1/ New Friend   

Canopy Friends: Can you help us find more friends?  

FB Drive

We have a grant that will honor Canopy with $1 / new friend now through Arbor Day on March 10, 2012. Please share our good work with your friends who appreciate local trees, education workshops, events, and more! Thank you!  


Sponsor Highlight:    
Shady Tree Co.
Chris Regan, Certified Arborist
Phone: 650-326-0406
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