Identifying suitable planting sites for a neighborhood tree planting takes time and resources, especially when Canopy begins work in a new area. There are many steps before planting begins: finding residents eager to accept and care for trees, obtaining permission from landlords if necessary, identifying sites free of infrastructure conflicts, selecting appropriate species with residents, and then—finally—sourcing and planting the trees themselves.

In fall 2020, Canopy connected with Stanford Future Bay Initiative (SFBI) along with community partners at North Fair Oaks Community Alliance (NFOCA) and Climate Ready North Fair Oaks. With input from Canopy and data from local government, Stanford students at SFBI developed a hyper-local mapping tool, designed to focus Canopy’s canvassing and outreach efforts where they are most likely to yield results.
Maya Briones leads Canopy’s planting efforts in North Fair Oaks and worked with the Stanford team to develop the tool. “They really worked with me and tailored this tool to what I wanted and what I thought would be helpful for my program, which was amazing,” she shares. “I have used it quite a bit, especially the overall score and the plantable area score when planning out future plantings.”
Read the full article about how Canopy is using data-driven programs to deepen local impact.
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Increased use of outdoor learning spaces is top of mind for schools due to limitations posed by Covid-19 on indoor classroom use. In addition to reducing virus risks, outdoor learning benefits students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being. Research shows that trees and gardens create better learning environments for students by alleviating mental fatigue, improving attention, and encouraging hands-on learning outdoors — all of which can bolster academic performance.

In this webinar, learn strategies for bringing trees and nature to school campuses. Find out how to design for success by anticipating roadblocks, identifying feasible opportunities, and engaging with key stakeholders. Certified Arborists will earn 1.5 ISA CEUs upon attending the live webinar.
View the recording of our last webinar, Designing Biodiverse Urban Landscapes on Google’s Campus, from April 29, 2021.
A virtual benefit celebrating the power of trees and community
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 5:30 PM
This summer, Canopy begins our 25th year digging in with Midpeninsula residents to grow healthy trees and healthy communities. Join us Thursday, June 24, as we gather for Planting Hope, Growing Resilience, a virtual celebration and fundraiser to kick things off! Together, we’ll explore the power of nature to sustain our communities, connect us more deeply, and illuminate what’s possible when we act together with hope.
Canopy Updates
Congratulations, Juanita!
Congratulations to Juanita Ibarra, Canopy's Youth Programs Coordinator, for being accepted into the 2021 cohort of Youth Outside's Rising Leaders Fellowship! This program develops professionals in the environmental sector and focuses on expanding social justice and racial equity in the outdoors.
Apply Now!
Canopy is currently accepting applications for a Tree Programs Senior Manager responsible for overseeing all tree programs and trees team members, currently four staff members.

Compensation has been updated since last month's newsletter. Please help us fill this position integral to the success of Canopy's programs!
Go Green Next Election
In local elections, counties print and distribute Voter Information Guides to all registered voters. In Santa Clara County, that's over a million booklets! While an important reference, these guides become obsolete after your vote is cast, and their production and disposal consume resources.

You can reduce energy and paper use by opting to "Go Green" and receive your guide digitally. Since Santa Clara County voters have had this option, the County estimates it's saved one ton of paper - that's approximately 24 trees! Help our counties save trees and energy by opting out of a printed guide at the links below.
Get Involved
Volunteer with Canopy
We're recruiting volunteers who love trees and Oaks to help with the Great Oak Count, Canopy’s comprehensive survey of native oaks in Palo Alto, from mid-April through fall. No prior experience is needed as we'll provide online training sessions, and you'll be able to survey in small groups of 2-3 members. For more details, reach out to Indira, Canopy's Volunteer Engagement Manager, as soon as possible!
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.

All participants have the option to enter in a raffle for prizes, including a free fruit tree or one of 15 $50 prepaid Visa gift cards!
Recent Tree Gifts and Grants
Tree Gifts
Bert and Caridad Torres
In honor of Marty Deggeller

Nancy Soforenko and David Gerken
in memory of Arnold and Ruth Soforenko

Debbie Mytels
in honor of Virginia Anderson

Susie Richardson and Hal Luft
in honor of Gabrielle Trudeau
Book Club Friends of Francoise Remington-Pardeau
in memory of Jack Remington

John Bingham
in memory of Lu Bingham

Jennifer Kun
in memory of Edith Kun
Palo Alto Community Fund for general operating support

Garden Club of Palo Alto for tree care tools for East Palo Alto programs
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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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.