20 Years of Canopy
December TreEnews
Coming up at Canopy
Pruning fun
Last chance to sign up! Young Tree Pruning Workshop THIS Saturday
Part 1: Sat., December 10, 9am - 1:30pm
Part 2: Sat., December 17, 9am - 12pm
Location: Willow Oaks School, 620 Willow Road, Menlo Park
Join us
Join Canopy's Team of Citizen Pruners!
In this free, interactive workshop you'll learn the art, science, and skill of young tree pruning with Canopy's Program Director, Michael Hawkins, and other experienced arborists.  You'll also join a wonderful team of pruning volunteers that help maintain young trees throughout the community.
Learn more or sign up here. Email natalie@canopy.org with questions.
MLK Day of Service
2 nd Annual East Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 16th 2017, 9am - 12pm
Jack Farrell Park, East Palo Alto
Sign up
Join Canopy to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of a National Day of Service. Together, we'll plant new trees and other plants and care for existing trees at Jack Farrell Park, and welcome East Palo Alto's incoming mayor with a ceremonial tree planting.
Sign up here or email uriel@canopy.org to volunteer for the Day of Service. To RSVP for the Ceremonial Mayor's Tree Planting only, email shannon@canopy.org.
Give your input on Jack Farrell Park
East Palo Alto residents: your input wanted for Jack Farell Park plan
Jack Farrell Park Community Meeting
Wednesday, December 21, 7:30pm
East Palo Alto City Hall
2415 University Ave, East Palo Alto
On December 21st, Canopy staff will present a draft of the Jack Farrell Park planting plan to the City of East Palo Alto's Public Works and Transportation Committee Meeting. The plan includes both trees and landscape plants, which will be planted by neighbors and residents during the MLK Day of Service (see above).
Before finalizing the plan, Canopy is seeking feedback and support from local community members. Come share your thoughts!
Email uriel@canopy.org with questions or to RSVP.
Join the fun at the annual party
21 st Annual Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, January 26th 2017, 5:15 - 7pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
Join the fun
Let's celebrate! Join Canopy and friends at our 21st Annual Mayor's Tree Planting and Awards ceremony (a.k.a our annual party). A ceremonial tree planting in honor of the incoming Mayor will be followed by refreshments and mingling. We'll finish by presenting the 2017 Canopy Tree Awards as we celebrate another year growing healthy trees and healthy communities.
Take a tree walk with us in 2017!
Thanks to everyone who joined us in 2016 for our special 20th anniversary series of "themed" tree walks!
We heard from many of you who enjoyed the themes, so we're carrying them forward by incorporating special themes into a few tree walks each year. Here's our full 2017 schedule:
Take a tree walk with us
February 11
Johnson Park to Gamble Garden Tree Walk
Theme: Edible Urban Forest (with Slow Foods and local chef)

March 11
Mitchell Park Tree Walk (part of Arbor Day Festival)
Theme: California Arbor Week

June 10
Rinconada Library and Art Center Tree Walk
Theme: Bookworms in the Branches - Trees and Literature
September 9
College Terrace Neighborhood Tree Walk
Theme: Trees and Birds (with Audubon Society)
November 12 - SUNDAY Walk
Gamble Garden Tree Walk
Tree walks are led by tree experts every second Saturday, 10am - 12pm. One walk each year is led on a Sunday. For the most up-to-date details, check our calendar.
The Great Christmas Tree Debate 
Decide which Christmas tree option is right for you
Sustainable Christmas trees: what's the right answer?
If Christmas trees are part of your family holiday tradition, you may have wondered: Is it better to cut down a live tree? Buy an artificial tree? Find an alternative?
There's no easy answer, but Canopy's latest blog post helps you weigh the pros and cons. However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a happy holiday season! Read more from Canopy's blog...
Gratitude for your Gifts  
Thank you
Congratulations to everyone who participated in #GivingTuesday!
This year, people from 98 countries across the globe gave over 1.5 million gifts totaling $168 million to support the causes they love. Thank you to everyone who donates time, talent, or funds to make a difference!
You can still join the giving movement with a year-end gift
#GivingTuesday isn't about just one day; it's about building a movement of sharing and collaboration to create a better world. Today, you can make a difference with a tax-deductible year-end donation or tree gift to support urban trees and nature locally. Thanks to everyone who makes our work possible!
Highlights from the Field
Volunteers pose with their tree
Honoring veterans by nurturing nature at the VA center 
On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Canopy volunteers gathered to honor local veterans by planting new trees at the Menlo Park VA center.
Trees and nature are powerful tools for helping people heal in mind, body, and spirit. By nurturing nature on the VA campus, volunteers support veterans during their treatment and recovery at the VA center.
Several veterans from the trauma recovery program joined in the tree planting, while a group from the geriatric psychiatric unit participated as observers. Canopy volunteers planted 19 new trees and tied a yellow ribbon around each in gratitude and remembrance of all those who serve.
Special thanks to Joanna Fong, Facility Planner for the VA for coordinating and designing the tree plantings. Thanks also to James F. Cook, who has been instrumental in Canopy's Veterans Day tree planting events since 2010.
Dave Dockter shares his tree wisdom
Dave Dockter shares fun facts and fall favorites on November walk 
On our last 2016 tree walk, Dave Dockter gave us a chance to "Fall into color" with an autumn walk through the University South neighborhood.
Each year, Dave publishes his list of favorite fall color trees in Palo Alto. This year, Canopy tree walk participants had a chance to share Dave's fall foliage enthusiasm on a walk through the University South neighborhood in Downtown Palo Alto.
Trees in the News
The iconic giant sequoia
How are California's biggest trees dealing with drought stress?
Trees all over California are feeling the effects of drought, and climatic shifts are changing forest landscapes in unpredictable ways.
Giant Sequoias are among the Golden State's most massive and longest lived tree species. How are these iconic giants responding to drought?
Scientists from a group called Leaf to Landscape--a collaboration between UC Berkeley, USGS, the National Park Service, and the Carnegie Airborne Observatory--are seeking to answer that question.
Managing the urban forest is a balancing act
Local News: Managing urban trees requires weighing risks and benefits
At Canopy, we like to say that trees make great neighbors. They provide shade, beauty, and a host of other benefits.
But managing urban trees--and the urban forest as a whole--is no easy task. It requires carefully balancing the diverse needs, constraints, and variables of a city environment.
Last month, Sue Dremann from the Palo Alto Weekly wrote an informative series exploring the conflicting opinions that arise over our arboreal neighbors. She also highlights local tools and policies, and the professionals who use them to guide decisions in Palo Alto:

You can find more information to help you choose the right tree for the right place by exploring Canopy's tree library. Thank you to everyone who works to plant, care for, and protect trees in our community!

November Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since November 1, 2016
Don and Natalie Handelman
in memory of Betty Meltzer
Jerry Hearn and Rebecca Reynolds
in honor of the Garcelon Family
Margaret Carney
in memory of Frank Carney
Jim Clark and Nelda Matheny
in honor of Marlo
Ellen Levitas
in memory of Beth Levitas Longwell
Peggy Gunton
in memory of Betty Meltzer
Susie Richardson
in honor of Marty Deggeller
Aram and June Darmanian
in memory of Robert Semonian
Susan Mendelsohn
in memory of David Hettig
Carolyn Kornberg
in honor and memory of Hanumant Patil
Ann Sonnenberg
in memory of Ben Reichmuth
Special thanks to recent Sponsors and Grantors:
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