2012 Young Tree Care Survey 
Help survey and care for Palo Alto's Youngest Trees!

Tree SurveyEach year community volunteers comb through Palo Alto neighborhoods to survey the health of our youngest street trees. Young trees require extra attention, and the City responds to survey results with specialized tree care to ensure young trees' healthy growth.     
Check out this short video to learn more about the survey.   


The Young Tree Care Survey kicks off Saturday, July 14th. We need your help to conduct individual neighborhood surveys and the following two-hour group surveys: 


Hoover Park  2901 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306 
Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Canopy will provide training and lunch!  
Heritage Park 300 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Canopy will provide training and refreshments! 

Questions? Contact Estefani Morales,  
[email protected] or 650 964.6110 ext. 4 

We hope to see you there!
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FREE Tree Identification Workshop & Tree Walk with Dr. Matt Ritter 
 Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, Palo Alto



Back by popular demand, Canopy is delighted to host esteemed Cal Poly botany professor and author Dr. Matt Ritter for a workshop on how to identify California's most common and remarkable urban trees. As part of the workshop, Dr. Ritter will lead a special tree walk through beautiful Gamble Garden.    


When: Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:00am to 12:30pm
Where: Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto


Matt Ritter's Book Afterwards, Matt will be available to sign copies of his  book, A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us.
Morning refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE, but space is limited.  


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Conserving Water AND Saving Trees
Smart Tree Watering Guidelines   
From the desk of MichaelTrees are the most valuable component of our green infrastructure because of the benefits they provide and the investment they represent. As summer temperatures increase, young trees need to be irrigated to assure they provide these benefits for years to come. 


We are asking you to conserve water, but not at the expense of your trees. All young trees, and some mature trees, in our area need at least some summer water; we can't afford to lose the shade, beauty and environmental benefits they provide. 

Water conservation and tree preservation are not incompatible goals. Canopy offers

advice on how to achieve both: 
  1. Visit the Canopy Tree Library to determine how much water your tree needs or to select a drought tolerant species for future planting.
  2. Read our step-by-step instructions on how you can preserve trees and conserve water. 
  3. Consult our watering guidelines for practical treewatering recommendations.
  4. Read three case studies for concrete examples of water conservation situations and their solutions.  

Newly Planted Trees 

Young trees require special attention because they are especially vulnerable. Make sure you saturate the existing rootball and surrounding area approximately once a week for trees planted this year, and every two weeks or less frequently but more heavily for older trees not yet established. Temperature, sun exposure, soil texture, and other site conditions will must also be considered. 


Remember, in Palo Alto, it is the responsibility of residents to care for young street trees until they are established. If you have a young street tree, you will receive a postcard from Canopy about your responsibility to water your tree.


Dry California Native Oaks 

Our native oaks do not require and do not tolerate irrigation in the dry months. If irrigation is applied near their trunk during the dry season, the combination of warmth and moisture can lead to oak root fungus, which can in turn cause the tree fail or die. As Canopy and the City continue to plant drought-tolerant trees that will match our region's rainfall levels, we ask that you help us appropriately care for these new trees on the block. 


Thank you! 


The City of Palo Alto and Canopy have planted thousands of new street trees in the last fifteen years. To assure that these trees survive to maturity, it is important to consider summertime watering needs. We are happy to answer any questions. Please always feel welcome to call our Tree Hotline: 650 964.6110 ext 1.  

Canopy Welcomes Diane Meier-Phelps 
Development & Communications Director


Meier-Phelps headshotCanopy is delighted to announce that Diane Meier-Phelps has joined our staff as Development and Communications Director.  Diane is a partnership and marketing strategist dedicated to building resilient communities. She has held development management positions at Bay Area nonprofits with regional and national reach, including Jumpstart, TheatreWorks, and MentorNet. As a consultant she has advised a variety of social sector and sustainability organizations on strategic planning, fundraising, partnership management, and market positioning. 
Diane holds an Executive Certificate in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School, a MBA in Marketing from the UCLA Anderson School, and a B.S. in Television-Radio from Ithaca College.  She lives in Midtown Palo Alto with her husband William and son Byron. When not in the office, Diane can often be found turning compost at the Ohlone Elementary School Farm where she co-chairs the Farm Council or tending to her family's organic vegetable garden.
Nonprofit Rental Space Available
Vacancy At Peninsula Conservation Center  
We're seeking a tenant to share space with Canopy and six other environmental not-for-profits at The Peninsula Conservation Center in Palo Alto. If the space stays vacant, Canopy's rent will increase.

Available immediately: 207 square feet of office space with windows. second floor.
Location: 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
Rent: $2.00/sq. ft.

For more information contact:
David Coale 650 962.9876 ext. 309, [email protected] 
July 2012
Young Tree Care Survey
Tree ID Workshop with Dr. Matt Ritter
Smart Tree Watering Guidelines
Canopy's new Development Director
Nonprofit Rental Space Available
College Terrace Tree Walk
Monthly Tree Walks
Palo Alto Trees Remembered
Rinconada Park Long Range Plan
Edible Landscape Tour

College Terrace 

Tree Walk

Saturday July 14, 10AM 


Join Davey Tree arborist Jeff Newborn for this informative and fun walk.   


When: Saturday July 14th 
           10AM to Noon
Where:  Meet at the intersection of College Avenue and Oberlin Street
What: See Coast Redwood, Douglas Fir, Coast Live Oak, Monterey Cypress, California Pepper Tree and others on this College Terrace 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.


August 11th - Junior Museum  

Sept. 8th - University South 

October 13th - Southgate 

Nov. 10th - Crescent Park  


Click the links above to see the self-guided Tree Walks or request a brochure: [email protected] or  

650 964.6110 ext. 1  


Palo Alto's First 

Environmental Victory

Local author tells captivating

tales of city's history...including

its trees!


Palo Alto Remembered: Stories from a City's Past is the newest book from historian and former second-grade teacher Matt Bowling.  Published by the Palo Alto Historical Association, the book comprises 43 essays, along with photographs, which capture the people and places of Palo Alto across several decades. 


Not surprisingly, trees are the central characters in two of Bowling's stories. The opening vignette chronicles El Palo Alto, California's oldest living landmark. 


Later, Bowling describes how Palo Altans voted to "Save the Oaks" in 1914.  A century ago, more than 100 oak trees were growing in Palo Alto streets, some in the center of the road, as can be seen in this 1910 photograph. 

After several prominent citizens crashed their new automobiles into oaks on Bryant Street, the City Council advocated for removing all trees blocking any part of any street.  Palo Alto voters went to the polls and soundly defeated the plan to eliminate all street trees.


Palo Alto Remembered: Stories from a City's Past is available at Books Inc.

Rinconada Park 

Long Range Plan

Take the Survey


Established in 1922, Rinconada is Palo Alto's second oldest park.  The City is evaluating the Park and its amenities to guide future improvements, and is seeking input from the community. Information about the Rinconada Park Long Range Planning Process and a link to the community survey can be found here.

6th Annual Edible

Landscaping  Tour

Saturday, July 21st

11:00am to 4:00pm, $35


Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center is presenting this self-guided tour featuring ten beautiful suburban gardens with organic edible landscapes.  You'll meet creative and innovative gardeners and get great ideas for your garden. 


For more information or to register click here or 

call 650 493.6072. 

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