Arbor Week in Palo Alto: March 7-14th*
Dear Friend of Canopy -
Canopy and the City of Palo Alto are proud to announce a program of activities in honor of California Arbor Week.
Join the fun! Come out to show your love for trees.
Thursday, March 7th
El Palo Alto Spa Day & Celebration
Enjoy a day of tree climbing, local history, and fun
at El Palo Alto Park!
Photo permission granted by Silicon Valley Historical Association
Saturday, March 9th
Junior Museum & Zoo Tree Walk and
Rinconada Park Tree Planting
Photo permission granted by We Play in the Bay
Saturday, March 16th
Page Mill Road Tree Planting
*Program continues through March 16th.
Removal of Decaying Oak in Rinconada Park
Fallen Oak Due to Root Root, Rinconada Park, January 2013
The City of Palo Alto announced in a February 8th press release that it will remove a large coast live oak with severe root rot in Rinconada Park.
Honoring the Loss of a Mature Oak
As the tree comes down, many long-time Palo Alto residents are reminded of the memories they have climbing this tree and picnicking under it. This beloved oak will be dearly missed.
Learning to Care for Native Oaks
Much learning has happened over the years about how to care for native oaks, coast live oaks and valley oaks principally. While no tree is immune to disease, we have learned how to better protect the health of our oaks by ensuring they are not irrigated. An oak that is no longer being irrigated today, but was irrigated thirty years ago may not suffer the fatal consequences of root rot until decades later. The City of Palo Alto is committed to ensuring native oaks no longer receive irrigation. Please ensure the oaks on your private property are also protected from irrigation. See Canopy's guidance for caring for mature native oak trees.
Planting Replacement Trees on March 9th
To replace this oak and another oak that fell in Rinconada Park in January, Canopy and the City of Palo Alto are organizing a tree planting event at Rinconada Park where approximately 20 trees of the following species will be planted:
- Black oak
- Valley oak
- Coast live oak
If your interested in helping with the planting, click here
If Trees Had Tongues...
Coast Live Oak, Rinconada Park by Kim Acker
The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what "the story of the trees" would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand. Anonymous