20 Years of Canopy
January TreEnews
Coming up at Canopy
MLK Day of Service
Join us this Monday! 2 nd Annual East Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 9am - 1pm
Jack Farrell Park, East Palo Alto
Volunteers arrive at 8:45am.
Mayor's tree planting at 10am.
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Join Canopy to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as part of a National Day of Service. Together, we'll plant 30 new trees and a number of landscape plants at Jack Farrell Park, and welcome East Palo Alto's incoming mayor, Larry Moody, with a ceremonial tree planting.
Sign up here or email uriel@canopy.org to volunteer for the Day of Service. To RSVP for the Mayor's Tree Planting ceremony only, email shannon@canopy.org.
Join the fun at the annual party
21 st Annual Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting and Awards Ceremony (a.k.a our Annual Party!)
Thursday, January 26, 5:15 - 7:30pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
Join us
Let's celebrate! All are invited to join Canopy's 21st Annual Mayor's Tree Planting and Awards ceremony (a.k.a our annual party!). This year, we'll plant two ceremonial trees: one in honor of incoming Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff, and one in honor of retiring Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns.
Following the ceremony, we'll enjoy a reception in the Mitchell Park Community Center's El Palo Alto room and present the 2017 Canopy Tree Awards.
The event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP by January 20 to shannon@canopy.org. Full event details here.
Meet the copper beech and many others on a Canopy tree walk
Tree Walk: Old Palo Alto
Saturday, January 14, 10am - 12pm
Begins at Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
Join Canopy and expert arborist Jess Running, District Manager for Davey Tree's Menlo Park office, on a New Year's stroll through the urban forest of Old Palo Alto.
Enjoy learning about the Canary Island Pine, Copper Beech, Mayten Tree, Western Redbud, and many others.
The walk begins at Gamble Garden's back entrance on Churchill avenue, between Waverley and Cowper.
The incredible edible forest
Tree Walk: Edible Urban Forest
Saturday, February 11, 10am - 12pm
Begins at Johnson Park in Palo Alto
Corner of Hawthorne and Kipling
(Ends at Gamble Garden)
Join Canopy, an expert arborist, and the food gurus of Slow Food South Bay on a special tree walk from Johnson Park to Gamble Garden. Along the way, we'll explore the surprising variety of edible products that trees provide and learn tips for successful harvesting.
Please note that this is a one-way tree walk. The Canopy van will be available to shuttle attendees back to the starting point as needed, about 1 mile.
Congratulations to the 2017 Canopy Tree Awardees!
Thank you, awardees, for all your amazing work!
These dedicated individuals and groups help grow and protect local urban forests, investing in a greener future for all of us. We are proud and grateful to recognize their achievements.
Community Happenings  
Walter Passmore leads the urban forestry team to a new milestone
Palo Alto urban forestry program recognized with national accreditation
Following a rigorous evaluation, the Palo Alto urban forestry department has become one of only 15 municipal programs in the U.S. accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA).
At the Palo Alto City Council meeting on January 9th, the Council and urban forestry staff were presented with a plaque from SMA for the city's outstanding achievement.
Our hearty congratulations and gratitude to Walter Passmore and his dedicated team!
In their latest issue of City Trees, the Society of Municipal Arborists published an extensive profile of the Palo Alto urban forestry program, including a thoughtful interview with Walter Passmore. 

New requirements for landscape permitting
New permit to enforce Palo Alto's Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Effective January 1, 2017, Palo Alto will require a new permit for building projects subject to the state's water efficiency regulations.
The City of Palo Alto Development Services Department announced that it now requires an Outdoor Water Efficient Landscape Permit, which will be issued separately from the Building Permit.
The department says the new process will enforce the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) while streamlining the landscape review process.
The City of Palo Alto adopted the state MWELO in February, 2016. It applies to all projects that require a permit, plan check, or design review, and which include a large enough landscape area to trigger the requirements.
Go green with the sustainability academy
Sustainability Academy: San Mateo County Master Resource Conservation Course
Eight-week course starts Wednesday, 2/8/17
The Master Resource Conservation Course is a no-cost, 8-week, in-class course provided by San Mateo County. Participants gain in-depth knowledge on sustainability topics including climate change, energy efficiency, water conservation, solid waste management, transportation, and more.
Trees in the News
The sequoia tunnel tree is no more
Winter storm takes a toll on iconic trees, locally and beyond
During any big storm, it's inevitable that some old or weakened trees will not survive.
Over the weekend, as an  atmospheric river flowed over California, we said goodbye to several notable trees, both locally and farther afield, that have graced our landscapes for many decades and centuries--and even millennia!
The death of such venerable trees can feel like the end of an era, but it's also an opportunity to plant new seeds. By replenishing lost trees in our urban forest, we can ensure future generations have iconic trees of their own to treasure.
Explore tree textures on treepedia
New maps compare tree density in 10 global cities
The MIT Senseable City Lab has come up with a new way to visualize tree cover in 10 big cities across the globe, including Sacramento.
Treepedia uses images and data from Google Street View to create a rating of a streets "greenness" based on how many trees it contains. They call it the "green view index," and they've created interactive maps for cities from Seattle to New York to Tel Aviv. Explore the "tree textures" for yourself!
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December Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since December 1, 2016
Susan Mendelsohn
in memory of David Hettig
Carolyn Kornberg
in honor and memory of Hanumant Patil
Susan Feist
in honor of Lia Nilson
Susie Richardson
in memory of Ruth and Arnold Soforenko
Margie and Bob Harrington
in honor of Susan Rosenberg
Edward and Anne Spaulding
in honor of Anne Draeger
David Gibberman
in honor of Joanna Falla
Kay Cadena
in honor of Doug Wong
Georgia Lee
in honor of Doug Wong
Katy Herzog and James Kennard
in honor of Susan Rosenberg
Karin Bencala
in honor of Sally O'Neil
Megan Swezey Fogarty
in honor of Charles Lawrence Swezey
Tony Cadena
in honor of Pam and Doug Wong
Suzanne Garadis
in honor of Mike and Sara Hammond, John and Kristine Erving, Jim and Maureen Missett, Peter and Carol Thurston, Bob and Jan Fisher, and Katsy Swan
Lisa Van Dusen and John Kelley
in honor of Catherine Martineau
Bruce and Barbara Swenson
in honor of Marty Deggeller
Annette Dale
in honor of Paul Alioshin
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