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TreEnews - January 2016
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Join us! Canopy's 20th Annual Party
Featuring the 2016 Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and Canopy Tree Awards
Let's celebrate! A ceremonial tree planting in honor of incoming Mayor Pat Burt will be followed by refreshments, mingling, and merriment. We'll recognize the recipients of the 2016 Canopy Tree Awards -- and kick off our 20th year of growing healthy trees and healthy communities. RSVP online or email
Tree Planting Fun
MLK Park Planting and East Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting
Monday, January 18th, 9am - 12:30pm
MLK Park - 435 Daisy Ln, East Palo Alto
Canopy will partner with the NFL's Superbowl 50 and the San Francisco 49ers Academy to plant a small group of trees and native understory plants at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Martin Luther King Day. The small planting event will include a ceremonial Mayor's Tree Planting with East Palo Alto Mayor Donna Rutherford. Email to get involved.
Join us for tree care
EPAPA Tree Care and Campus Clean-up Day
Saturday, February 6th, 9am - 12pm
1039 Garden St, East Palo Alto
Join Canopy at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy's Campus Clean-up Day to care for trees planted by Canopy in 2011. The day will consist of weeding and mulching existing trees, as well as planting a few new trees on the campus. Sign up online to volunteer or email with questions.
Explore Trees on Canopy Tree Walks
Stay Tuned! 20th Anniversary Tree Walk Series
Second Saturdays throughout 2016
Explore neighborhood trees in new ways! Join Canopy the 2nd Saturday of each month for a special twist on the beloved Palo Alto Neighborhood Tree Walks. In celebration of Canopy's 20th anniversary, each monthly walk will feature special guests, fresh perspectives, and (of course!) incredible local trees. Look for a full calendar of tree walks coming soon.
Tree Canopy in South Palo Alto:
Residents respond to community survey 
From the desk of Urban Forestry Technician Elise Willis
As part of the new Urban Forest Master Plan, the City of Palo Alto is teaming up with Canopy to study and address tree cover disparity between north and south Palo Alto. Heading up the project is Elise Willis, Canopy's new Urban Forestry Technician.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the South Palo Alto Tree Canopy Community Survey! We received 470 responses over one month, and we appreciate every person who took the time to give us feedback.
One thing is clear so far: south Palo Alto residents are ready for more trees!
  • More than 95% of respondents agree or strongly agree that there should be more trees in south Palo Alto.
  • When asked to identify issues that could prevent tree planting on their property, almost 50% of respondents indicated that they have no objections to planting more trees.
  • Almost 70% of respondents indicated that they would "very likely" water and take care of a new street or yard tree if one was provided.
The full survey report will be published soon, along with recommendations for specific ways to increase canopy cover in south Palo Alto. If you're interested in receiving updates about this project, please email
Community & Partner Events
RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy
Master Composter and Resource Conservation Courses
January-March 2016
Learn more & sign up
San Mateo County's RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy (RVA) is offering no-cost webinars and two 8-week Master Courses on resource conservation, composting and solid waste reduction starting this month. Another way to have fun, volunteer, and help create greener communities!
Plant trees
Tree Planting with City Trees (Redwood City) for Superbowl 50
Sat. 1/23, 9am
Thanks to an NFL grant in honor of Super Bowl 50, CityTrees will plant 50 trees on Main Street in Redwood City. Volunteers will meet at the Main Street Dog Agility Park (Beech and Main) in Redwood City. Register online or call CityTrees at 650-556-9380 ext. 4.
Green Palo Alto
Palo Alto Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Summit
Sun. 1/24, 12 - 5pm
The City of Palo Alto will hold a community forum to discuss the new Sustainability & Climate Action Plan. The event is free and open to the community. Please join the conversation about the future of the City and help craft solutions to the critical issues facing us now and into the future.
Trees in the News
New York just hit a huge tree-planting milestone
Photo by Anna Yatskevich
Congratulations, New York, you did it! New York City recently became the first city to achieve its goal of planting one million new trees throughout the metropolis. The feat was accomplished through a partnership between the NYC Parks Department and nonprofit New York Restoration Project (NYRP). Even though they've reached their goal, the city is not stopping there; next steps include more tree plantings and an updated census of all street trees. The team is also focused on stewarding young trees into the future, ensuring healthy mature trees that will benefit residents for years to come. Read more from Next City...
3D images show drought damage
Photo: Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Carnegie Institution for Science
California's forests have lost millions of trees over the last four years through an intense combination of drought, heat, wildfires, and bark beetle infestations.
Now, thanks to Greg Asner and his team at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University, we know more about the extent and degree of damage. Using remote sensing technology and satellite imagery, the researchers created stunning visual maps of forests' water content over several years. Read more from the L.A. Times...
Tree-Lined Streets have real benefits to residents
We always love sharing about the benefits of urban trees! Tacoma, Washington has adopted a goal of 30 percent tree canopy in the city 2030; their local newspaper explores the profound ways that urban trees benefit city residents. Read more from The News Tribune...
In Case You Missed It:
Read about Caonpy_s Impact in 2015
Thank you for a fantastic year growing healthy trees and healthy communities! 
2015 brought new growth, new plans, and a renewed focus on our vision: a day when every resident of the Mid-Peninsula can walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees. Read more...  
2015 Tree Gifts and Dedications 
July 1st - December 31st, 2015 

Roxy and Michelle Rapp

in honor of Jerry Hayes

Canopy Board and Staff

in memory of Harrietta Shakes

RJ and Jalene Salus

in loving memory of Elan Vie Salus

Kathleen Sheridan

in memory of Nola Mae McBain

Phyllis Browning

in memory of Abe Klein

Yogen and Peggy Dalal

in memory of Linda Hoffman

Don and Natalie Handelman

in honor of Betty Meltzer

Susan Mendelsohn and Robert Flanagan

in memory of David Hettig

Paula McFarland

in memory of Ethel Mitchell

Ellen Levitas

in memory of Beth Levitas Longwell

David and Nancy Bishop

in memory of Ward and Carol Ellis

Anna Jaklitsch

in honor of Hamilton Avenue neighbors

Ann Sonnenberg

in honor of Lauren Williams

David and Trish Collins

in memory of Brad Brouwer, Peggy Daum, Richard McCarty, and Tim Syme.

Matthew Sorgenfrei and Vangi Uribe

in honor of Evengeline Uribe

Ann Tsukamoto

in memory of Marie Tsukamoto-Symmes

Judith and Monty Frost

in memory of Nelle and Lamont Frost

Meryl and Robert Selig

in honor of Kevin Raftery

Megan Swezey Fogarty and Michael Fogarty

in honor of Lawrence Swezey

Lee and Melissa Caswell

for Poppa Bill

Steve Scott

in memory of Barbara Briggs

  Learn more about Tree Gifts  

Our deepest gratitude to the individuals, families, companies, groups, foundations, and friends who help us grow healthy trees and healthy communities.
Special thanks to recent Foundation Grantors:
Yellow Chair Foundation
The National Football League Environmental Program
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