20 Years of Canopy
October 2017 TreEnews
In this issue:
Happy Oaktober!
Join us for an oak-tastic month of events: 
Tree Planting: University Village Neighborhood UniversityVillage
THIS SATURDAY! October 7, 9am - 12pm
Jack Farrell Park, 2509 Fordham St, East Palo Alto
Calling all tree planting volunteers!  Join Canopy in celebration of Bay Day this Saturday, as we return to the University Village neighborhood in East Palo Alto to plant 40 trees at Jack Farrell Park and throughout the neighborhood
Email uriel@canopy.org with questions or group volunteer inquiries.
Tree Walk: Caminata de Árboles para Familias BellSt
Saturday, October 14, 10am - 12pm
Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St, East Palo Alto
Tome un paseo con Canopy y experto en árboles local, Oscar Aviles, para explorar los árboles del parque Bell Street en East Palo Alto. Como parte de la serie de eventos de Oaktober de Canopy, invitamos a las familias a aprender sobre una diversidad de árboles, incluyendo: Coast Live Oak, Dawn Redwood, Chinese Elm, variedades de palmeras y mucho más! A través de una búsqueda interactiva del tesoro, los niños descubrirán las características únicas de cada árbol, mientras aprenden sobre los beneficios que proporcionan los árboles. 
Nota: Este Paseo de Árboles será en español. Nos reuniremos en el East Palo Alto Senior Center. 
Take a stroll with Canopy and local tree expert, Oscar Aviles, to explore the trees of Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto. As part of Canopy's series of Oaktober events, we invite families to learn about a diversity of trees including the Coast Live Oak, Dawn Redwood, Chinese Elm, palm tree varieties, and much more! Through an interactive scavenger hunt, children will discover the unique characteristics of each tree, while learning about the benefits they provide. 
Note: This tree walk will be led in Spanish. Meet at the East Palo Alto Senior Center. 
Tree Walk: Oaks of Stanford Stanford
SUNDAY, October 15, 10am - 12pm
Arboretum Grove, Stanford University
Join expert arborist and oak specialist Dave Muffly as we explore a decade of experimentation with new oak species at Stanford.
A variety of new oak species and hybrids have been planted on the campus, including chestnut-leaved oak, Mt. Tabor's oak, and Palestine oak. They grow alongside both mature and recently planted native trees.
This juxtaposition provides a powerful introduction to one of the hottest topics in biosciences today, the question of how to incorporate climate change adaptivity into our landscape choices.  

Tree Planting: Kavanaugh Neighborhood
Saturday, October 21, 9am - 1pm
Clarence Court, East Palo Alto
Join Canopy as we plant a new generation of street trees in East Palo Alto's Kavanaugh neighborhood. 
Together we create stronger, healthier communities by bringing the life-giving benefits of trees to the places we live. Email uriel@canopy.org with questions or group volunteer inquiries.

Tree Survey: The Great Oak Count Oakwell
Saturday, October 28, 9am - 12pm
College Terrace Neighborhood, Palo Alto
Join Canopy for the launch of the most comprehensive survey of native oaks in the bay area! 
This  citizen science effort will collect valuable information about our native oak population, which scientists can use to evaluate how our urban forest ecosystem has changed since Canopy first surveyed Palo Alto's oaks over 20 years ago. During the survey, volunteers will also share oak tree care tips with homeowners, and have fun exploring areas of town that you may have never seen before!
Interested in becoming a Survey Leader? You'll receive special training and will help jumpstart these important survey efforts. Trainings are Monday October 16 and Sunday October 22, sign up today! Contact Elise Willis at elise@canopy.org for details. 
Exact meeting location TBD.  Sign up to volunteer...  

How to Care for Your Native Oak

Ever wondered how to care for your California native oak? They are adapted to our climate of hot dry summers and cool wet winters, yet the average residential yard does not match these conditions.  We can keep oaks thriving longer if we follow a few critical tree care instructions. 

Oaktober: In Celebration of Oaks!

This October, we are celebrating the splendor of oak trees and all that they contribute to the urban ecosystem. Our native oaks are particularly special, so we're taking some time this month to pay tribute. Celebrate Oaktober with Canopy and join us for an oak-tastic month of events.
Visit the Oaktober page for more on oaks, upcoming events, and how you can get involved.
Soforenko Award Nominations Open
Soforenko Award recognizes outstanding development projects and tree preservation
Every year Canopy recognizes an individual or team for their significant contribution to our local urban forest. Now is your chance to nominate a project for this prestigious award!

We're looking for residential or commercial development projects that demonstrate a thoughtful approach to protecting and prioritizing trees in the urban environment.

The award will be presented at our Annual Awards Ceremony and Mayor's Tree Planting held January 25, 2018, in Palo Alto.
Nominations are due by October 31, 2017.  Full nomination details here...
Community Happenings Community
Canopy is excited to partner with Pacific Art League (PAL), a cornerstone of Palo Alto's vibrant arts community, on their October Exhibit, "Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape,"  which will showcase artists who display a talent for connecting with their surroundings. 
The exhibit will open during PAL's "First Friday" celebration on October 6. Come by between 5:30 and 8pm to mingle with artists, enjoy local artwork, and say hello to Canopy. 
P.S. Enjoy a $15 discount when you sign up for one of their classes. Use the code CANOPY when you register to take advantage of the special price.
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Sustainability Academy: Master Compost and Solid Waste Course with San Mateo County 

Become a home composting expert with this 8-week course, and learn how waste is managed in San Mateo County. 

Classes are Mondays, from  October 16 th to  December 11 th , 2017, 5:45pm to 9:15pm. 
Designing Native Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting with the City of Palo Alto

Join the City of Palo Alto and instructor Alan Hackler on Saturday, November 4, 9:00am to 12:00pm for this free public workshop.

Learn how to create a beautiful, low- water-use and low-maintenance landscape with native plants, as well as how to harvest rainwater using rain barrels or a cistern. 

Why Smart City Infrastructure is Going Green
New technologies and a growing interest in green infrastructure are changing the way cities solve urban environmental challenges. This article from SmartCitiesWorld highlights cities that are using green infrastructure in innovative ways to address  issues like stormwater, pollution, and climate change.

Architect Stefano Boeri is famed for his vertical forest skyscrapers that grace the skylines in Milan, Brazil, France, and soon China where they are visioning plans for a 'forest city'.  Meanwhile, Chicago is investing in green infrastructure for its sewer system, including permeable pavers and infiltration planters.

The article also highlights Palo Alto, which recently partnered with Canopy to purchase a tree inventory mapping tool. The map has a street tree inventory and will soon expand to include trees at parks and homes. The tool also provides data and modelling to calculate the economic and environmental benefits of trees.

For more information on Palo Alto's new mapping tool, email elise@canopy.org.
Historic Year for Urban Forestry advocacy
Last month, very exciting news broke about urban forestry at the state level.

We learned that California's Assembly and Senate passed measures AB 1530, AB 109, and SB 5 in support of funding for urban trees and community forestry statewide.

A big thank you to Assemblymember Marc Berman, California ReLeaf, and members of the urban forestry coalition for working hard to make this happen.

About the measures:

Assembly Bill 1530 augments the Urban Forestry Act to connect urban forestry to job creation, stormwater management, social equity, climate adaptation and more.

Assembly Bill 109 is part I of the 2017-18 Cap-and-Trade Expenditure Plan that includes funding for CalFIRE's Urban and Community Forestry Program and new Urban Greening Program.

Senate Bill 5 is a resources bond, which would appear on the June 2018 ballot, to provide funding for urban forestry, river parkways, urban streams, and other conservation programs.
Review Canopy on GreatNonprofits! greatnonprofits
With your help, we can be a 2017 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 4 new reviews by October 31st to hit the target.

Thanks to all of you who make our work possible!
Oak Trivia! oaktrivia
Can you guess which oak tree this acorn is from?

The picture was taken near the end of summer while the acorns were still green. Hint, this is from a California native oak.

Let us know your guess! Email us at info@canopy.org.
September Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since September 1, 2017

Linda and Ted Schlein
in honor of Kevin Raftery

Anya Marinkovich and family
in memory of Vincent A. Marinkovich.
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