From the Desk of the Executive Director
From the desk of Executive Director Catherine Martineau
Dear Friends and Partners,

This edition of TreeNews must start with an update on Canopy’s plans to cope with COVID-19 in the weeks to come. We are committed to keeping our wonderful community safe. In addition to cancelling this weekend’s Arbor Day festivals in Mountain View and Palo Alto, we are:

  • Cancelling community tree plantings and tree stewardship workdays, until it’s safe to re-engage volunteers
  • Suspending our youth environmental education lessons, until schools re-open and welcome volunteers again
  • Adapting to work remotely, including with our Teen Urban Foresters who have just started an exciting project to create a school nature island
  • Using this time to catch up on research and planning, develop new lesson plans and education modules, and strategize for the months ahead

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and adapt our protocols, following official guidelines. I am available to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

In times like these, we must all pull together—if not in person, then in spirit and in attitude. We can all help protect the most vulnerable in our communities. And we can all help each other find moments of peace and renewal amidst the challenges.

Thank you, friends, for your continued support. Be well!

In the Field with Canopy
"Another Start for Trees in Jack Farrell Park"

On Saturday, February 1, Maya Briones organized a community tree planting at Jack Farrell Park in East Palo Alto. In partnership with the community, together we planted six trees in the park to replace several ginkgo trees that were vandalized late last year. Canopy staff and interns gathered feedback from residents to determine which tree species would be planted as replacements. In addition to the six park trees, volunteers planted fourteen more trees at residents' homes in the surrounding neighborhood. Maya shared her process for this planting in an article for East Palo Alto Today. Read Maya's article.
What's new in the Urban Forest?
Street Trees Could Help Boston Adapt To
Climate Change. If They Can Survive, That Is

"Boston — like many cities around the country — has been reexamining its relationship with its trees, and thinking more strategically about planting and preserving them." Learn more.
From the Blog
Tips for Water-Wise Tree Care

According to this New York Times article , California just experienced its driest February on record. As the weather heats up after a nearly rainless winter, it is important to practice water-wise tree care. For tips on proper tree care, read more on the Canopy blog...
Tree Spotlight: Strawberry Tree

If you live in California, you likely recognize the beautiful strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo. The tree is notable for its bell-like flowers, peeling bark, and bright red fruits. Although edible, the tree's fruit is an acquired taste. In fact, 'unedo' is Latin for 'I eat only one'.
P.S. You can find the  Arbutus unedo  on  Canopy’s Palo Verde neighborhood tree walk  in Palo Alto!
Tree Planting Snapshots
Cuesta Park
Tree Planting

The Leadership Mountain View Class of 2020 planted 10 trees at Cuesta Park in Mountain View on February 7. Even Mountain View Mayor, Margaret Abe-Koga, got her hands in the dirt! The trees planted include Texas red oak, Chinese pistache, red maple, and valley oak. Thank you Leadership Mountain View volunteers! Check out photos from the planting.
Cubberley Community Center Tree Planting

Palo Alto University Rotary and Youth Community Services volunteers planted 28 trees and provided critical tree care at Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto on February 29. The group planted incense cedar, Monterey cypress, and Cashmere cedar trees. Thank you Rotary and YCS volunteers! Check out photos from
A Fond Farewell to Michael Hawkins
After ten years as Canopy's Program Director, we bid a fond farewell to Michael Hawkins. Michael has played an integral role in the success of many of Canopy's programs over the years. During his time as Program Director, Michael has planted more than 3,300 trees, engaged thousands of volunteers, and created meaningful connections with community partners. While we're sad to see him go, we look forward to seeing what he does next. Read more about Michael on the Canopy blog...
Work for Canopy!
Volunteer Coordinator

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organized person to join our team as a Volunteer Coordinator. They will be responsible for outreach and volunteer engagement for all of Canopy’s programs.  Visit Canopy's website to learn more and apply today!

Community Forestry Coordinator or Manager

We're looking for a driven and organized person to join our team as a Community Forestry Coordinator or Manager (depending on experience). This team member will be responsible for leading Canopy’s tree planting and tree care programs in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Visit Canopy's website to learn more and apply today!
February Tree Gifts & Grantors
Eleanor Linton
in honor of Susan Ellis's birthday

Marty and Judy Deggeller
in memory of Charlie Ridley
Charlie was a long time and beloved Canopy volunteer. We will miss him.

Canopy Board and Staff
in honor of John Carslon
in honor of Geoff Poetsch
in honor of Duo Wu
Thank you for the precious gifts of time, energy, and expertise you gave Canopy during your Stanford Alumni Consulting Team marketing assignment.

Many Thanks to the Palo Alto University Rotary, The Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital of Stanford for their generous support of Canopy's programs!
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Bay Area Green Business

Canopy's mission is to grow the urban forest in Midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all. Our vision is a day when every resident of the Midpeninsula can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.