Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities
February, 2015
More Tre-E-vents
Sun. February 22, 9am - 12pm
Ronald McNair Middle School
2033 Pulgas, East Palo Alto
Tree Stewardship

Healthy urban trees benefit everyone! Help care for young trees on the Ronald McNair campus during this stewardship day. Learn more and sign up.

Saturday, March 14, 10a - 12p
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
CA Arbor Week

Celebrate California Arbor Week with a stroll through one of Palo Alto's most beloved and beautiful public gardens. Led by arborist Kevin Raftery, you'll meet the California Buckeye, Cucumber Tree, Cockspur Coral Tree, and many more. Learn more.

Arbor Day Festival Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Would you or your company like to underwrite this unique community event?

Canopy offers numerous sponsorship levels with tailored benefits to fit the needs of your business.

For more information, contact Anwyn Hurxthal.


Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have an artistic eye? 

We're still looking for face-painters, sign-makers, and photographers for the festival. Contact Maika Horjus if you'd like to volunteer.


For a complete list of events and volunteer opportunities, visit Canopy's online calendar.


Community newsLovePA
For the Love of Palo Alto:
A community workshop facilitated by best-selling author Peter Kageyama 
Friday, February 20, 1- 4pm
Mitchell Park Community Center - 3700 Middlefield
Love PA

What makes cities lovable? Why do we connect emotionally with some places and not others? And why does that matter?

Best-Selling Author Peter Kageyama will explore these questions during a fun, interactive workshop for all ages. Kageyama is the author of "For the Love of Cities: the Love Affair Between People and their Places." 

He writes about what makes cities lovable, and how people connect with the places they live. He has even said that trees are "love notes" from a city to its residents. 

Learn more about the workshop. 

Just for Fun
Find your SoulTree on TreeHarmonySoulTree

Just in time for Valentines Day, you can find your perfect tree SoulTree!


Take a quiz to find out which tree is your perfect soul mate match. (Just make sure its drought-tolerant before you plant!)

Then visit Canopy's Tree Library to find out more about the tree love of your life. Happy matching! 

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Rinconada Library Grand Opening!
Special Tree Walk - Feb. 10, 9am- 11amLibTreeWalk
Rinconada Tree Walk
Rinconada Library & Art Center
Grand Opening Tree Walk
Saturday, February 14, 9am - 11am
Followed by Grand Opening Festivities 11am - 4pm
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Calling all tree lovers, book-lovers, history-lovers and architecture buffs -- this event is for all of you!

This Saturday, February 14th, the Rinconada Library will celebrate its Grand re-Opening after recent renovations. The spacious new facility retains the original building's iconic features and patterns, but has added new lobbies and study rooms, a state-of-the-art program room, and many upgraded building systems.

Courtney Schumm Canopy will kick off the morning with an outdoor tree walk to explore the stunning trees that surround the Library and nearby Art Center.

Courtney Schumm, Project Manager for the City of Palo Alto's Urban Forestry section, and an ISA certified arborist, will lead the walk. Pass through a grove of stately Coast Redwoods, and encounter species like the lovely Saucer Magnolia, historic Camelia, colorful Arbutus Marina, and more.

We'll see you beneath the Canopy!
Arbor Day Festival is coming up Saturday, March 7thArborDay
Get ready for roped tree-climbing, live performances, food trucks, green crafts, and tree-tastic fun for all!
Arbor Day Fun Canopy's annual outdoor Arbor Day Festival is free and open to all. This year's line-up includes:

...and much more. Mark your calendar, invite your neighbors, and come celebrate trees!  

Congratulations to Mayor Karen Holman and the 2015 Canopy Tree AwardeesPartyRecap
A huge thank you to the volunteers, friends, and supporters who joined us for Canopy's 19th Annual Mayor's Tree Planting and Awards Ceremony.
Annual Party Fun
It was an honor to celebrate with all of you! Surrounded by beautiful trees, enjoying tasty food, a glass of wine, and a room full of good friends -- really, what could be more wonderful?
We were proud to welcome incoming Mayor Karen Holman with a new gingko tree, planted outside the Rinconada Library entrance.
We were also proud to congratulate the ten recipients of Canopy Tree Awards, which recognize those who have helped to grow and protect our local urban forests. Each awardee received a Canopy Tree Award, as well as certificates of commendation from San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian was present to personally deliver his commendations and thank the awardees for their work.

Read about each inspiring awardee on Canopy's website. Check out photos of the evening.
Trees in the News
Pest threatens citrus in Santa Clara County

The San Jose Mercury News recently reported that an invasive pest called the Asian citrus psyllid has been spotted around San Jose.

Asian citrus psyllid The insect carries huanglongbing (HLB) a disease that is harmless to humans, but deadly for citrus plants. So far, citrus trees in Florida and Texas have been infected, but the psyllid is known to exist in ten other states.

According to the Mercury News, 8,000 jobs have been lost in Florida due to the impact of HLB on commercial orchards, a figure that worries California's $2 billion citrus industry. Any spread of the Asian citrus psyllid or the disease it carries poses a real threat to California's commercial and residential citrus plants. 

We all have a role in protecting local trees. To help prevent the spread of Asian citrus psyllid and HLB, you can: 

  • Avoid bringing citrus into the area from other states or countries
  • Purchase citrus plants from local, trusted sources
  • Inspect your own citrus trees
  • Read the article, or visit California Citrus Threat to learn more.
It's science: Trees will save the world

Mighty trees According Bloomberg Business, scientists at Oxford University have been working to determine the most effective technology to combat climate change, and they have found a winner: trees!

Compared with other carbon-capturing methods, researchers noted, afforestation (in other words, tree-planting) and the use of biochar "are low-cost, have fewer uncertainties and offer other benefits to the environment."

At Canopy, we've always known that trees provide life-giving benefits, locally and globally. Visit our website to learn more about planting and caring for trees in our area. 

Oxford vs. Oxford?

While some Oxford researchers are reporting the life-saving benefits of trees (see above), editors at Oxford University Press are sending a different message, removing a long list of nature words from their Junior Dictionary in favor of more tech-focused vocabulary.

Instead of looking up almond, beaver, acorn, or other trees species, seven-year-olds will instead have access to terms including MP3 player, blog, voicemail, and broadband. 

The trend worries conservationists and environmental educators, who assert that people -- especially children -- are becoming more disconnected from nature, spelling trouble both for people and their environment. Canadian wildlife artist and conservationist Robert Bateman is among those concerned by the change. "If you can't name things, how can you love them?" he asks. "And if you don't love them, then you're not going to care a hoot about protecting them or voting for issues that would protect them."

Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most. We bring the life-giving benefits of trees to the schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula.

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