20 Years of Canopy
May 2017 TreEnews
In this issue:
Sign up now for summer and fall workshops! Workshops
Pruning fun
1. Citizen Pruner Training
Saturday, June 10, 9am - 1:30pm
Lunch Provided. Location TBA.
Inspire the next generation
2. Education Leader Training
Three Wednesdays in August:
August 16, 23, 30, 10am - 12:30pm
3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 
Plant trees with Canopy
3. Planting Leader Training
Part 1: Tues. 9/26  or Thurs. 9/28, 6-8pm
Part 2: Saturday, 9/30, 9am - 12pm
Coming up at Canopy
Meet your tree neighbors
Tree Walk: Southgate
THIS Saturday, May 13, 10am - 12pm
Meet near Palo Alto High School Parking Lot at Churchill Ave. and Castilleja Ave.
Tree Care Day
EPACS Tree Care Service Day
Saturday, May 27, 9am - 12pm
East Palo Alto Charter School
1286 Runnymede Street, East Palo Alto 
Tree survey time
Palo Alto Young Tree Care Survey
Two training and survey dates:
Sat. June 17 and Sat. July 15, 9am - 12pm
Locations TBA
It's that time again! Each year, Canopy volunteers and partners comb through Palo Alto neighborhoods to survey the health of hundreds of young street trees, and provide tree care info to local residents and tree stewards. The results of the survey provide valuable data on the health of the urban forest, and guide City of Palo Alto tree care efforts.
This is a fun and flexible volunteer opportunity, great to do with a friend or partner.
Community Happenings SOD
SOD-damaged leaves
Sudden Oak Death: Annual SOD Blitz continues this spring
Various dates in May and early June
Locations throughout the Bay Area
Every spring, citizen scientists from around the bay area join forces to track the range of Sudden Oak Death in our region during UC Berkeley's annual "SOD Blitz."  There's still time to join their efforts!
Related news: Researchers study SOD-resistant tanoaks
From Bay Nature, read about research efforts to identify and promulgate tanoaks (which are not true oaks, but are important in local natural areas) with a genetic resistance to Sudden Oak Death. BoethingLecture
Learn about forest conservation in Costa Rica
29th Annual Boething Lecture: a Conversation with Alvaro Umana
Thursday, May 18, 4:00pm
Stanford Campus, Geo Corner Building 320, Room 105
Join Boething Treeland Farms, Stanford Woods Institute, and Center for Conservation Biology for a conversation with researcher and environmental leader Alvaro Umana. The lecture will focus on Umana's successful efforts to reverse tropical deforestation in Costa Rica.
Thank you for your votes! InspireMV
Canopy project funded through InspireMV
You did it! Thanks to your votes, our "Eco-Schoolyards" project has been funded through Inspire Mountain View. Thank you!
Thank you for your votes
As part of the Inspire Mountain View Challenge, Canopy and Living Classroom will receive a $50,000 grant to create vibrant, nature-filled schoolyards through edible gardens, native habitat, tree planting, and hands-on nature learning for Mountain View students and their families.
Out of 18 InspireMV project finalists, 9 projects received funding based on public voting results. O riginally, only the top vote-getter in each of three categories was slated to receive funding. But Google, one of the contest funders, was so impressed with the array of project proposals that they stepped up to offer 6 more grant prizes.
A huge thank you to the Los Altos Community Foundation for organizing the contest, and to all the contest funders for supporting work that makes our community more compassionate and equitable.
Trees in the News TreeNews
Local and global tree headlines:
1.  Global Survey: Researchers estimate that the earth is home to 60,065 tree species--at least for now. Around 10,000 species are vulnerable to extinction.
Read more from the Smithsonian...
2. Big trees for big local projects: San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center and Cupertino's Apple Campus 2 both feature huge numbers of young and mature trees. Finding and transporting those trees has been a multi-year challenge.
Read more from San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate...
3. The drought is over, but urban trees were hit hard: In an interview with the LA Times, local expert Igor Lacan says California's urban trees were neglected during the drought. Now that emergency drought measures have ended, it's high time to show urban trees some love--especially since they provide us so many benefits!
Listen to the interview or read the transcript here...
From the Canopy Blog Blog
Trees to Plant Now
Trees to plant now: 10 great species
Everything you need to know about selecting and planting the right tree for your landscape!
Canopy staff explore the "who, what, when, where, why, and how" of tree planting, and recommend 10 tree species that are great candidates for our area.
Caterpillars abound this spring
Here come the bugs!
Noticed lots of caterpillars and chrysalises this spring?  It's been another bountiful year for insects like the California Oak Moth and Western Tussock Moth. With all the rain, there is plenty of tender new plant growth for them to eat, and populations are booming.
These bugs are a natural part of the ecosystem, and can mostly be left to munch.  If you're concerned about your trees or plants, however, check out Canopy's blog post from last spring for bug control options and tips...

Highlights from the Field Highlights
Uriel Hernandez plants trees in East Palo Alto

Our staff is famous!  Last week, Canopy staff member Uriel Hernandez was featured on NBC's "Bay Area Proud."
The segment focused on Branching Out, Canopy's initiative to plant trees and grow canopy cover in East Palo Alto.
Uriel, who grew up in East Palo Alto, heads up Branching Out. As one of Canopy's two Community Forestry Coordinators, he conducts door-to-door outreach, partners with residents, and spearheads planting days in East Palo Alto.
Great work, Uriel--we're so happy to have you on our team!
Watch Uriel on Bay Area Proud
Teens at Goldman Environmental Awards Ceremony

Teen Urban Foresters collaborate with fellow youth leaders

Canopy's Teen Urban Foresters (TUFs) have kept busy this spring!  Last month, Canopy staff arranged an exchange with fellow tree organizations in San Jose and San Francisco.
First, the youth joined a workday at Our City Forest in San Jose in early April. A few weeks later, they worked with Friends of the Urban Forest "Green Teens" to replace concrete with landscape plants along city streets in San Francisco.  The following week, Green Teens visited Canopy for a tree planting in East Palo Alto. Plans are in the works for Our City Forest AmeriCorps members to join us for a pruning workshop this summer as well.
Youth from all three organizations had a chance to work together, swap stories, and reflect on the similarities and differences between their experiences.
As a capstone of the month, TUFs attended a special program for youth at the Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony in San Francisco, along with many of their new friends.
April Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since April 1, 2016
Susan Rosenberg
in fond memory of Solon Finkelstein

The gift of a greener future
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