Dear Friend of Canopy -

Is Canopy on your holiday gift giving list?

Show your love for and commitment to the majesty and health of trees in our community by making a gift to Canopy of any amount you can afford.

Your donation supports Canopy's 2013 goals to: 
  • Plant 230 new trees 
  • Care for 1000+ young trees 
  • Educate youth and adults
  • Advocate for trees and our urban forest
Read more about our 2013 goals.

See our 2012 annual report

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  Young boy joining the planting fun at Brentwood Academy




mail your gift to:


3921 East Bayshore Road

Palo Alto, CA  94303 

With gratitude and warm wishes

for the holidays and new year,Catherine headshot

  Catherine Signature

Catherine Martineau

Executive Director     


Alternative Christmas trees
Five to ten years ago, some green conscious consumers felt confident that an artificial Christmas tree was a better alternative to cutting down a live tree. Today, the prevailing wisdom suggests that artificial trees produced with harmful PVC plastics and lead have a bigger carbon footprint than a cut tree. At the same time, purchasing a sustainably-farmed Christmas tree involves decisions similar to buying an apple (organic versus pesticides, locally grown versus Oregon grown, and biodiverse versus monoculture). For others, native versus non-native species are part of the equation to consider the impact on sustainable habitats. As you decide what's right for you, consider the pros and cons of these five options


Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Plantings  
You're invited to Canopy's 17th Annual Mayor's Ceremonial Tree Planting and Annual Party.  


Date:   January 31, 2013

Time:   5:15 to 8:00 PM

Place:  Cogswell Plaza and Avenidas


Please join us!  


View invitation and RSVP

Help!  Emergency Tree Care at Brentwood
Mallow threatening young tree
Above: The weed, Mallow, around tree wells
Below: Mallow root

 Mallow root

While some people delight in the taste of Mallow, this edible weed is threatening the health of Canopy's newly planted trees at Brentwood Academy.  




Please join us for an emergency tree care work day to save these trees:


Date:  Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time:  9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.


Learn more about the problem and solution.


Sign up now

Take a Tree Walk in 2013
Cork oak
Cork oak in Palo Alto

Trees have stories to tell. Why were they planted in a particular place? When did they arrive? What kind of changes have they experienced?

Take an arborist-led Tree Walk or a self-guided Tree Walk. After a few hours, you'll know more about our leafy friends and be able to share stories with your friends and family. 


See 2013 schedule and sign up for an arborist-led Tree Walk
In This Issue
Show Your Love for Trees
Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees
Canopy's 17th Annual Party
Help! Emergency Tree Care
January Tree Walk
Save-The-Date: 1/31/13 Canopy's 17th Annual Mayor's Ceremonial Tree Planting and Annual Party!

Join new friends and old to meet the newly elected mayor and celebrate Canopy Tree Awards recipients.   

Date: Thursday, January 31st
Time: 5:15 to 8:00 PM
Location: Cogswell Plaza for Tree Planting and Avenidas for Annual Party and award ceremony.

See Invitation and RSVP.

For more information, email: [email protected].

Giving to Canopy  

There are many ways to support Canopy:


Get your Gifts Matched   

A matching gift from your employer is a simple way to double your donation and Canopy's impact in our community.


Donate a Car  

Thinking about selling your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle? Call 877-676-tree (8733) to donate it to Canopy for a tax deduction instead. 


Donate Stocks

Donating appreciated securities is a simple and tax-savvy giving strategy. See stock gifts.


Make a Planned Gift

Consider a planned gift to assure Canopy will continue to grow and sustain our urban forest for the next generations.   


Resources for Residents

Learn about local trees and find resources to care for trees.



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