Test Your Knowledge: Pruning Young Trees 

Dear Friend of Canopy -


young tree pruning
What kind of pruning does this tree need:
  • To reduce maintenance costs? 
  • To increase longevity?
El Palo Alto in the Spotlight For Arbor Week

El Palo Alto  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

Palo Verde planting  

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

Jan 26 Tree Planting C Chavez
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. 

C Chavez planting Jan 26 Students and families from the school's community and volunteers from Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Palo Alto Community Fund combined forces to plant 11 green oaks (Quercus frainetto), 12 lindens (Tilia tomentosa), and two cork oaks (Quercus suber) and to install DRiWATER irrigation.  See more.

"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! 
  boy at National Day of Service Canopy workday
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
Great work, team! Thank you for your hard work.
Tree Care Work Day at Costa˝o/49er Academy 

  Feb 2 Tree Care Work Day

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

mayor and team
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 included:

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.
Scott Wells 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  

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. 
The Connection Between Trees and People:
What We Tweeted

Twitter news  

Do you follow Canopy on Twitter? If you're a Twitter user, please follow us. If Twitter isn't for you, every month we'll include a list of noteworthy tweets (news) with links:

The connection between trees and people: A fascinating new study.

Willa Cather on Trees

 winter oak
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
February 2013
Pruning Young Trees
Arbor Week El Palo Alto
Palo Verde Planting
Cesar Chavez Planting
National Day of Service
Tree Care Work Day
Annual Party
Congrats, Derek Sproat!
What We Tweeted
Willa Cather on Trees
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 




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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop--February 9th


Kevin Raftery is teaching a fruit tree pruning workshop at Common Ground in Palo Alto on February 9th.




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