Welcome to Walter Passmore, Palo Alto's New Urban Forester
Bay Area Native Brings 20 Years of Experience in City Forest Management 
On May 15th, Walter Passmore will become Palo Alto's first Urban Forester, whose mission will be to bring to life the City's Urban Forest Master Plan. Canopy Executive Director Catherine Martineau assisted in the creation and the hiring of this new City position. Passmore brings more than 20 years of experience to his Palo Alto post.

Most recently the Urban Forester in Austin, Texas, Passmore oversaw 300,000 trees in Austin's public spaces with a $1.5 million budget. His responsibilities included assessment and management of the urban forest, including park and street trees and coordination of public information. He also provided technical assistance to individuals, city departments, and community groups, and coordinated partnership projects with multiple organizations.

Passmore was previously employed as City Forester for Dallas, Texas, Community Assistance Forester for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Research Forester for the USDA Forest Service, among other positions.

A Bay Area native, he grew up in San Francisco, is a certified arborist, has a B.S. degree in Forestry/Natural Resource Management from California Polytechnic State University, and is currently completing a master's degree in public administration at Texas State University.   
DriWater Planting at Brentwood Academy
From the desk of Michael

On Sunday April 15th, Canopy planted the first six of over 125 trees to be planted at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto. These trees were planted with an innovative irrigation product called Driwater, as a pilot program funded with a grant from the Dean Witter Foundation.  


DriWater is a slow release gel composed of 98% water. Gel packs are placed in perforated tubes next to the tree root ball where water is gradually released. Gel packs will be replaced every 45 days, saving time, water, and money when an irrigation system is too expensive to install. Canopy will monitor the health of the trees included in this pilot planting to assess the potential for larger scale use of DriWater. We plan to report our findings periodically.


We are grateful to all the Canopy and Brentwood volunteers who came out to help!  


Click here to read more about DriWater. 

Canopy Awarded 2012 Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund Grant   
Each year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Canopy was honored to be awarded a Holiday Fund grant this year.

The $3,000 grant will fund trees and supplies for creating much needed shade and landscaping at Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto. Over the last 18 years, the Holiday Fund has raised and distributed more than $4 million to local nonprofits that serve children, families, seniors and others.

"We're honored that the Palo Alto Weekly has acknowledged the important role trees play in creating healthy environments for kids and Canopy's deep commitment to our communities through tree planting and education programs," said Canopy Executive Director Catherine Martineau. 
Canopy Recipient of 2012 Stanford Community Partnership Award 
Stanford selected Canopy and two other nonprofit groups for its 2012 Community Partnership Awards, for  "tackling real world problems and advancing the public good in neighboring cities." In each case, the award recipients facilitated collaboration and better understanding between Stanford and communities of the Mid-Peninsula.   

Read Stanford announcement.
Watch awards ceremony video.
Photo: Joy Leighton, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University 
Media Report on Canopy and Andreessen Horowitz Philanthropic Commitment          
As a part of Andreessen Horowitz's landmark philanthropic announcement, General Partner Peter Levine and his wife Martha Blackwell selected Canopy to receive one of six approximately $170,000 grants. This gift, the largest ever received by Canopy, will allow the organization to pursue innovative education programs. Andreessen Horowitz's announcement has triggered wide coverage in local and national media, including the following:
Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Patch
San Jose Mercury News
Wall Street Journal   
May 2012
Welcome to Walter Passmore
DriWater Planting at Brentwood School
Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund Grant
Stanford Community Partnership Award
Media Report on Andreessen Horowitz
Vote $10k for EPA!
Community Center Tree Walk
Tree Walks in 2012
Canopy Seeking Summer Intern


Keep Canopy's Tree Planting

at Brentwood Among The  


Odwalla Grant!  


Your vote will help Canopy get a $10,000 Odwalla grant to plant 114 trees at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto.
We're in 8th place now and your vote will help keep us among the top 10 winners.     

Click below to vote for Heathy Trees, Healthy Kids!   



Community Center Tree


Saturday May 12th, 10AM 


Join leading Arborist James Allen from Santa Cruz for this informative and fun walk.   


Meet Artist Angela Buenning Filo of The Palo Alto Forest project and bring your own camera to add your tree photos to the collection.


When: Saturday May 12th
from 10AM to Noon
Where: Lucie Stern Community Center (1305 Middlefield Road)
What: See London Plane, Eastern Redbud and Flowering Dogwood, and others on our Community Center Tree Walk.


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.


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  


Canopy's Seeking a  

Summer Intern 


Canopy is hiring a Summer Intern to help us care for the more than 600 trees we have planted in the last three years. The Summer Intern will manage 3-5 youth staff in weeding, mulching, staking, watering, and pruning trees at Canopy's planting sites from the last three years and beyond.  


While training will be provided, some experience with young tree care is highly preferred.  


Click here to see the job description. Please contact Program Director Michael Hawkins, to apply.


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