Test Your Knowledge: Pruning Young Trees
Dear Friend of Canopy -
What kind of pruning does this tree need:
- To reduce maintenance costs?
- To increase longevity?
El Palo Alto in the Spotlight For Arbor Week
Photo permission granted by Silicon Valley Historical Association
To kick off California Arbor Week
, El Palo Alto will be in the spotlight on March 7th. Activities to be announced.
16 Trees Planted at Palo Verde on Jan 12th
Fifty-seven volunteers, including 29 children, gathered on Saturday, January 12th to plant nine southern live oaks (Quercus virginiana), three shumard oaks (Quercus shumardii), three lindens (Tilia tomentosa), and one Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) on the Palo Verde Elementary School campus.
"We're thrilled with the huge volunteer turnout on Saturday and with the amazing work everyone did planting the trees," said parent organizer, Maria Chow Zajac. "We've had so many parents, students, and staff members tell us how excited they are to see all the new trees at Palo Verde. Thank you for all your support on this project!"
After the planting, 350 students gathered on January 16th at a school assembly to learn the dos and don'ts of caring for the new trees. The students took a Canopy tree pledge and participated in a tree planting ceremony. Proudly reflecting on his work and bragging to his friend, one student said, "Hey, I planted that tree."
|25 Trees Planted at Cesar Chavez on Jan 26th
Nearly two years ago, Canopy began plans to remove asphalt and plant 25 trees at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. "Today is a dream come true," said Catherine Martineau, executive director, as she kicked off the Saturday morning event on January 26th.
"My sons had lots of fun and could not stop talking about the event," said Nitesh Dullabh, Palo Alto Community Fund volunteer.
"So many staff have commented on how beautiful it already is--and that's without any leaves," said Amika Guillaume, principal of Cesar Chavez. "I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful addition, effort and teamwork--it's truly a pleasure and a blessing."
Big Turnout: National Day of Service Jan 19th
Thank you, volunteers!
On Saturday, January 19th, forty-five volunteers turned out to weed and mulch young trees under the warmth of the winter sun:
Spontaneous competitions ensued. Some learned what it means to build a mulch donut instead of a volcano.
"This kind of work is great for athletes," encouraged
Patricia Andrews, volunteer and Notre Dame de Namur University faculty member.
"It's a great way to start the weekend!" cheered volunteer Sara Martineau
Tree Care Work Day at Costa˝o/49er Academy
On Saturday, February 2nd, 24 hard working volunteers weeded, sheet mulched
, and staked young trees on the Costa˝o/49er Academy campus. Before work began, volunteers toured the campus to see the trees Canopy planted and learned about avocado and cork oak trees. Volunteers included:
Thank you, team!
Volunteers Celebrated; New Mayor Honored
Nearly 100 Canopy supporters and volunteers gathered at Cogswell Park and Avenidas on January 31st to honor Canopy volunteers, community tree leaders, and Mayor Greg Scharff
at Canopy's 17th Annual Mayor's Ceremonial Tree Planting and Annual Party. Canopy awardees for 2013
Arnold Soforenko awardees for significant contributions to our local urban forest:
265 Lytton Avenue Project
for preserving the mature signature coast live oak and installing Silva Cells for new street trees during the commercial redevelopment of 265 Lytton Street in Palo Alto.
Friends of George
for working together to save and memorialize the iconic coast live oak, George, at 816 Cowper Street in Palo Alto and replanting the site with a valley oak.
Out-on-a-Limb awardees for outstanding volunteers
: Bronwyn Alexander
for site stewardship and young tree care at Belle Haven Elementary School.
for planning, organizing, and carrying out the 2012 Young Tree Care Survey.
Young Forester awardees:
Reed Garber for exceptional work as a Canopy summer intern.
Russell Langston for exceptional work as a Canopy summer intern.
Julien LÚvy for spearheading the "Reforest San Bruno" campaign and organizing a large-scale community planting in the neighborhood ravaged by the 2010 gas line explosion.
Congratulations, Derek Sproat!
Derek Sproat is the new City of Palo Alto's Urban Forestry Section
project manager. Derek began with the department in 1999 as a tree trimmer and has risen through the ranks. Walter Passmore, City of Palo Alto urban forester, commented that Derek has earned his promotion through his strong work ethic, energy, thoroughness, and experience in the tree industry.
Derek and Canopy will collaborate on Palo Alto City projects including plantings, tree care, and the annual young tree survey. Derek will manage the City's internal tree crew and serve as a residential liaison.
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Willa Cather on Trees
Winter Oak in Portola Valley by Kim Acker
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. Willa Cather
|Gamble Garden Tree Walk--February 9th |
Inspiring, Fun & Free!
What does a cavalry officer who served in Napoleon's army have to do with a tree walk in Gamble Garden? Find out as arborist Katherine Naegele guides you through the tales of trees February 9th at Gamble Garden.
|Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting in March|
Page Mill Road on March 16th
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop--February 9th
Kevin Raftery is teaching a fruit tree pruning workshop at Common Ground in Palo Alto on February 9th.