Thanks for Your Support!
Thanks to everyone who joined us Thursday, June 24, for Planting Hope, Growing Resilience, Canopy's first virtual celebration and fundraiser! Your support and attendance made this event a success, and thanks to your generosity, we exceeded our $75,000 match goal with a grand total of over $86,000. Thank you, everyone, for nurturing our communities and their trees!

Want to share the event with a friend who missed it? Forward the event recording below!
Sponsored by:
View the full list of event donors at
Tree Equity & the Importance of Urban Trees
Within the last month, there has been a flurry of stories in the local and national press about the importance of urban trees. These stories highlight why we must address unequal access to tree canopy and nature in cities, and the origins of the disparity. We're thrilled that more light is being shed on this important subject addressed by Canopy programs and advocacy initiatives.
Catch this recent feature story by local ABC7 news. They travel throughout the Bay Area, comparing disparities in tree cover between communities and uncovering the reasons these inequities exist.

Be sure to watch until 3:48 when Canopy and the action we're taking in Midpeninsula communities such as East Palo Alto is mentioned!
Save Our Water & Trees
Preparing Trees for the Heatwave
While you find ways to stay cool throughout summer heat waves, don't forget the most valuable and hard-to-replace elements of our urban landscapes - Trees! We need trees, and they need water.

As mentioned in the ABC7 feature above, heat-related deaths are a rising concern with increasing summertime temperatures. Finding ways to keep people cool, including by adding shade, can be the difference between life and death.

Learn how you can help trees survive drought and heatwaves and continue to benefit the health of your community:

Check out Canopy's Tree Watering Guidelines and ways you can Save Our Water and Our Trees to combat heat stress in our green infrastructure.
You may have met Gabby if you've volunteered for a tree planting event in Palo Alto or Mountain View. A certified arborist, Gabby is our resident watering expert due to her project experience working at Our City Forest.

Gabby has a lot of knowledge to share, so learn more from her (and more about her!) at the below links!
Canopy Education Updates
Staff Transitions
This month Natalie Brubaker, Canopy’s long-time Education Director, is transitioning to a new role as Director of Special Projects. In this capacity, she will focus on Canopy projects such as interactive tree walk guide development; Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives; and strategic planning. In the 5 years that she has led Canopy’s Education programs, Natalie has expanded the Teen Urban Forester program, launched Canopy’s Community Forestry School, and started our successful More Trees Please webinar series.
Vanessa Wyns, who joined Canopy in the fall of 2019, is promoted to Education Director and will oversee all youth and adult education programs. Previously as Environmental Education Manager, Vanessa expanded Canopy’s K-12 offerings, translating many lessons into Spanish to better serve Midpeninsula communities.

Thank you, Natalie and Vanessa, for your dedication to Canopy’s education programs and the communities we serve, and congratulations in your new roles leading Canopy into the future!
Spring 2021 Teen Urban Foresters
Beyond getting hands-on paid work experience planting and caring for trees with our Program Staff, Canopy's Teen Urban Forester program offers exposure to environmental careers and marketable skills gained through enriching project work.

Many TUFs in our Spring 2021 cohort graduated from school and the Teen Urban Forester program this year, and we want to wish these young leaders our best on the next step in their journey!

Get to know our Spring TUFs and their favorite part of working with Canopy in this Facebook album feature.
Extended Date: Enter to Win!
The city of East Palo Alto is developing its Urban Forest Master Plan and looking for community input on how it should manage trees in the city. If you are a resident of East Palo Alto (ages 18+), please consider participating in a 15-minute survey about the trees in your neighborhood and throughout the city.

Enter by August 2nd to be included in a raffle for prizes, including a free fruit tree or one of fifteen $50 prepaid Visa gift cards!
Recent Tree Gifts and Grants
Tree Gifts
Joyce Yin and Jeff Liu
In honor of Sophie Liu and in memory of Tieh Yin

Dixie-Lee Specht-Schulz
In honor of William C. Specht

Karen Kang and family
In memory of Hans Weber

Sandie and Don Pearson
In honor of Holly Pearson
Atkinson Foundation for Teen Urban Forester high school internships

Miranda Lux Trust for Teen Urban Forester high school internships
Event Donors
Thanks again to the generous supporters of Planting Hope, Growing Resilience. View the full list of event donors at
Interested in giving a Tree Gift? Your special gift creates a lasting legacy by planting and caring for new trees and growing a vibrant urban forest for future generations. A special thank you to everyone who has given the gift of trees.
Did you miss our last TreEnews letter? Catch up here.

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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.