20 Years of Canopy
TreEnews - September 2016
Coming up at Canopy
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THIS MONTH! Planting Leader Training kicks off September 20th
Part 1: Sept. 20 or 22 (Tue or Thur)
6pm - 8pm

3921 East Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto 
Part 2: Saturday, September 24
9am - 12pm, Bol Park, Palo Alto  
Want to be part of growing greener, healthier communities? Get trained as a Canopy Planting Leader!
This two-part workshop is for adults and teens who want to help lead volunteer teams at community tree plantings in local schools, parks, and neighborhoods.
Part one is a classroom session that includes an introduction to urban trees, basic tree biology, proper tree-planting techniques, and best practices in young tree care.
Part Two is a hands-on field session at Bol Park that allows participants to put their knowledge to work planting young trees in the community.
No prior experience or knowledge is required; all skill levels are welcome! Current Canopy Planting Leaders are also welcome to attend as a refresher.
Bookworms in the Branches
Tree Walk: "Bookworms in the Branches: Trees and Literature"
Saturday, September 10, 10am - 12pm
Begins at Rinconada Library 
1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Expert arborist Deanne Ecklund of HortScience will lead a Tree Walk at the Rinconada Library & Art Center as we explore the rich connections between trees and literature.
We'll encounter diverse and beautiful trees at this former Palo Alto city hall location as we learn about literature featuring memorable trees with Palo Alto¬ Senior¬ Librarian Deborah AnthonysonFull details on Canopy's calendar.
Pruning & Tree Care: September 11th National Day of Service
Sunday, September 11, 9am - 12pm
Brentwood Elementary
2086 Clarke Ave, Palo Alto
Volunteer with Canopy and take part in Oshman Family JCC's September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. 
Trained pruning volunteers will prune fruit trees while other volunteers will do ground work such as weeding, mulching, and re-staking.
Urban trees provide a host of benefts
New Midtown Tree Walk: 
"Myths and Mythbusters: Surprising Tree Facts and Urban Forest Legends"
Sunday, October 9, 10am - 12pm
On this Sunday tree walk, join Canopy and local independent arborist and Canopy volunteer extraordinaire, Kathy Alford, for a debut walk of the Midtown neighborhood in Palo Alto.
We'll encounter a delightful range of tree species and discuss surprising tree facts, and debunk common tree myths. Full details on Canopy's calendar.
This Fall - Tree Planting Season Begins
PLANTING LEADERS NEEDED! Tree Planting: Graham Middle School 
Saturday, October 8, 9am - 12pm 
1175 Castro Street, Mountain View
We are looking for 8-10 planting leaders to join Canopy for the first tree planting of the fall season at Graham Middle School in Mountain View. 
This is a great opportunity for returning planting leaders and those who attend the Planting Leader Training this month. 
Together with the Graham Middle School community, we'll plant trees and install native habitat landscaping on the school campus.  
We invite you to join us! Sign up online or email [email protected]
Sister Neighborhood Tree Plantings
Part 1: University Village Neighborhood, East Palo Alto
Saturday, October 22, 9am - 12pm
Part 2: Midtown Neighborhood, 
Palo Alto
Saturday, October 29, 9am - 12pm 
Join Canopy for a Sister Neighborhoods tree planting, bringing together the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto communities for a two part volunteer series. 
Canopy is proud to serve the diverse communities found in the Mid-Peninsula and actively seeks ways to bring people of all backgrounds together to work towards a common goal: greening neighborhoods.
We look forward to bringing together the residents and volunteers of the neighborhoods for a joint community effort to grow the tree canopy and learn about their neighbors on both sides of Highway 101.
We encourage volunteers to join us for both days to support the joint effort. Email [email protected] or sign up online to volunteer. 
Community Happenings
Congratulations to the City of Palo Alto's Urban Forestry Department!
Last month, the Society of Municipal Arborists welcomed the City of Palo Alto as the latest of a prestigious group of only nine accredited Municipal Forestry Departments, for exceeding national standards and setting an example for others to follow. 
Please join us in congratulating the whole Urban Forestry team: Walter Passmore, Dave Dockter, Courtney Schumm, Derek Sproat, Dorothy Dale, Bill Croft, Ramiro Ramirez, Glen Berry, Jose Martinez, Dave Duncan, Francisco Castaneda, Fernando Gama, Norberto Bugarin, Joe Rapanut, and Francisco Gutierrez.
San Mateo County's Sustainability Academy fall courses  
The San Mateo County's Sustainability Academy is offering two no-cost offerings this fall: an 8-week Master Compost and Solid Waste Course, and a Zero Waste webinar
For participants who attend at least seven out of eight Master Compost and Solid Waste Course classes, can take home their own backyard or vermi (worm) composting unit! For full details visit the Sustainability Academy website...  
Trees in the News
Trees share carbon  
New discovery in a Switzerland temperate forest reveals interactions between trees are more complicated than once believed. 
A five-year experiment finds that trees of different species collaborate, using vast networks of underground mycorrhizal fungi to share resources. This symbiotic system between the trees and fungi allows for the transportation of beneficial nutrients, water, and carbon between trees. 
Using a network of tubes to track the exchange of carbon, researchers found that trees absorb the carbon in their twigs, stems, and roots, while using the fungi to share surplus carbon with neighboring trees. These findings are significant as they show that trees do not just compete with each other, but rather share resources.
While the complexities of the carbon sharing network are still not fully understood, scientists believe it could help with forest resilience and survival.
Read more at Mongabay News... 
Please Review Canopy on GreatNonprofits!
Canopy is a 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
With your help, we can be a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit!
Last year, thanks to our friends and supporters, Canopy earned a Top-Rated Nonprofit award from GreatNonprofits, a platform for donors, volunteers, and others to share stories and reviews about nonprofits across the country.
This year, we're going for Top-Rated status again! If you've enjoyed volunteering, donating, or partnering with Canopy, please take a minute to share your story. We only need 9 new reviews by October 31st to hit the target.
Thanks to all of you who make our work possible!
August Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since August 1, 2016
Susan and Leland Faust
in honor of Pat Dawson for her 70th birthday and in honor of Bob Meltzer
Cyrus Ginwala
celebrating the wedding of Sairus Patel and David Keyon
Gifts in honor of Kevin Raftery
Ginny Babbitt; Megan & Harris Barton; Dave & Flo Braker; Ellen & Marc Brown; John & Nancy Cassidy; Lee & Amy Christel; Tom Collins; Jeannette Cosby & Glenn Skinner; Bill Courington; Dexter & Jean Dawes; Judith Fan & Robert Reay; Elspeth Farmer & James Rapperport; Larry & Carol Fisher; John A. & Cynthia Fry Gunn; Robert Hall & Susan Woodward; Teena & Mike James; Jane Jones; Joanne Koltnow & Ray Applebaum; Marion & Erick Mack; Stan & Suzanne Mantell; Roshi Mina; Nicki & Pete Moffat; Leslie & Doug Murphy-Chutorian; Susan Rosenberg; Susan Schaps & Rob Shelton; Linda & Ted Schlein; Jeffrey & Jeanese Snyder; Doria Summa & Robert Phillips; Bart & Nancy Westcott 
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