A hearty thanks to all our friends and supporters who voted, shared, liked, and posted in the Odwalla grant contest. Things look very hopeful! Odwalla will announce the winners this week. Stay tuned. 
Local Artist Gathers Meaningful Tree Photos
for 'The Palo Alto Forest' Exhibit
Angela Buenning Filo Invites You To Share Tree Photos and Personal Reflections in Art Project     
One of the last remaining fruit orchards in Silicon Valley inspired photographer Angela Buenning Filo to turn her lens toward trees. Her 2003 visit to an abandoned plum tree orchard, beside the San Jose IBM campus on Cottle Road, led to a monumental project: a three year endeavor photographing each of the 1,737 trees. She explains, "I wanted to map these trees and find a way to hold them in time." Today, the orchard lives on in Buenning Filo's meticulously laid out photographic grid of the original trees, on permanent exhibit in San Jose City Hall.


Her latest photographic project, The Palo Alto Forest, is a continued effort to document and celebrate the trees around us. The project encourages the public to submit  photographs of their favorite tree and a six word story about the tree, which will be immediately posted to an on line gallery and displayed on the project's web site. The deadline for submissions is June 15th. The final project will be unveiled at the Palo Alto Art Center's grand reopening exhibit, Community Creates, this fall. 


"I wanted to think about how trees around us impact us," she explained. "Palo Alto is a place that honors and values trees. Our concept for The Palo Alto Forest was for people to choose a tree and honor it by photographing it and telling a story about it." So far, over 270 people have submitted photos and text.


Angela encourages tree photos that are personally significant, "I think it's interesting that people are posting trees that are so personal and specific to them, in their daily lives, in their yards, their parks. I'm amazed at the stories...always anxious to see the next one." She noted that City Arborist Dave Dockter recently posted a photo of a tree being driven to its new home in Heritage Park a few years ago. "That's now our family park!" she laughs. "And that's the tree that I run around with my one year old and my three year old."


Angela has photographed the Silicon Valley landscape for more than a decade, capturing the rapidly changing environment. Her work is on display at San Jose Mineta Airport, in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and she exhibits regularly. Click here to see more of her work.  


Meet Angela Buenning Filo on Canopy's next Tree Walk (Saturday June 9th, 10AM, Gamble Garden) and bring your camera to photograph trees at the same time.  


Upload your tree photographs and accompanying six word story to The Palo Alto Forest (click here) or you can email them to [email protected], before June 15th.


Canopy's Youth Staff Complete Successful 2012 Year
Three Hard Working Students Graduate From
Eastside College Preparatory School

For the last five years, Canopy has engaged teens in the East Palo Alto community through a service-learning program that trains high school students to learn about, plant, care-for, and educate others about trees.  
Beyond learning marketable arboriculture skills and earning an hourly wage, Canopy's Youth Staff work together to improve their neighborhood schools, build local pride, and contribute to the economic, civic, and ecological renewal of their community.

Canopy congratulates George Nickings, Daniel Noriega-Diaz and Silvia Vazquez on a year of hard work, great learning and community impact!  
Join Canopy's 2012 Young Tree Care Survey
Help Grow & Protect Palo Alto's Youngest Trees

From the desk of Michael
Each year Canopy volunteers and partners comb through Palo Alto neighborhoods to survey the health of young street trees. Young trees require extra care to ensure their survival in the urban environment.    
The Young Tree Care Survey begins on July 14th and we need help conducting individual neighborhood surveys as well as the following two-hour, group surveys:  
Hoover Park (2901 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, 94306)
Saturday, July 14, 2011, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Heritage Park (300 Homer Avenue Palo Alto, 94301)
Saturday, July 18, 2012, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  
In addition to Canopy's on-site training, you can learn about the survey from our video (click here). Email  [email protected] to learn more or to sign up.
New Baby Joins Canopy Family
Baby Solomon Born to Program Director Michael 
Canopy is delighted to announce that Program Director, Michael Hawkins and his wife Jenessa are the proud parents of new baby Solomon Grant Hawkins, born on Friday May 25th.  

Oak Moth Attack!
Normal Phase in Oak's Life Cycle Can Look Dramatic
Left: California Oak Moth pupa. Right: California Oak Moth male. The caterpillars, not the adult moths, feed voraciously on leaves.

Have you noticed crawling caterpillars, delicate chrysalises, or fluttering moths around oaks? These are the California Oak Moths (Phryganidia californica), at different stages of their life cycle. Their population explodes every five to ten years following certain spring weather conditions. They attack oaks primarily and occasionally wander onto other shrubs and trees. There are two or three generations per year, the summer populations being the most damaging to trees.

Healthy oaks usually recover from severe defoliation such as on this cork oak, but trees stressed from landscape or home construction, drought, soil compaction, or fungal infections may fail to recover.

Oak Moths are actually a normal part of live oaks' life cycle but seem alarming as their larvae can entirely defoliate a tree (image above). Fear not; unlike sudden oak death, defoliation caused by oak moth seldom, if ever, kills affected trees and the oaks recover.

For more information click here for the USDA publication: "A Field Guide to Insects and Diseases of California Oaks."  
Spread The Word: Nonprofit Rental Space Available
Vacancy At Peninsula Conservation Center  
We're seeking a tenant to share space with Canopy and six other environmental nonprofits at The Peninsula Conservation Center (PCC) at 3921 East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto. If the space stays vacant, Canopy's rent will increase.

Available immediately: 366 square feet of office space in two second floor rooms with windows (157 sq. ft. and 207 sq. ft.)
Location: 3921 East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto
Rent: $2.00/sq. ft.

For more information contact David Coale, (650) 962-9876 ex 309, [email protected] 
June 2012
Thanks for voting!
Local Artist Gathers Tree Photos
Canopy's Youth Staff Graduate!
Young Tree Care Survey: 2012
New Baby Joins Canopy Family
California Oak Moth Attack!
Nonprofit Rental Space Available
Old Palo Alto Tree Walk
Tree Walks in 2012
Hats Off To Youth Staff
Conserve Water, Protect Trees

Old Palo Alto Tree


Saturday June 9th, 10AM 


Join leading Arborist John McClenahan for this informative and fun walk.   


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


When: Saturday May 9th
from 10AM to Noon
Where:  Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street. Meet at Churchill Avenue parking entrance.
What: See Coulter Pine, Snakebark Maple, Purple Beech, Incense Cedar, and others on our Old Palo Alto 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.


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: [email protected] or call 650-964-6110 x1  


Hats Off To Canopy's

2012 Youth Staff 

Proud to announce its' sixth group of graduating Youth Staff, Canopy celebrates the following bright students: 

George Nickings
George was a fun, social member of the Youth Staff and a valuable helper during plantings and other tree care events. We especially appreciated George's attention to the details of tree care.
St. Olaf College
Chosen Profession: Music
Best Learning: "Trees can really affect a school and community!"
Favorite Tree: Willow

Daniel Noriega-Diaz
Daniel carried out his Canopy work with attention and thoughtfulness. A keen learner, he gained a solid understanding of tree care techniques and practices. Daniel receieved Canopy's 2012 Young Forester Award.

College: Pitzer College
Best Learning: "Trees grow like people, they don't just pop out of the ground!"  
Favorite Tree:

Silvia Vazquez  
A warm, hard-working person, Sylvia contributed greatly to Canopy's tree care projects. Sylvia's interest and talent in math recently opened the doors to an Engineering Degree at MIT!
College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chosen profession: Engineering

Best Learning: "Now I know more about different types of trees and how they can be used in our environments in many different ways."  
Favorite Tree: Cherry Blossom

Conserve Water AND

Protect Trees   

Today's rain is likely the last and  as summer temperatures increase, trees need careful irrigation to ensure their survival. Canopy encourages water conservation AND smart tree watering. Click here for tips on how to achieve both. 
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