November 2018 TreEnews

Community Forestry School
Thank you to all who attend Canopy's fall semester of Community Forestry School! Join us again in 2019 as we launch the spring semester of workshops!

Community Forestry 101
Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location TBA

In California, 80% of the population live in cities, making urban forests a vital part of daily life. What exactly is an urban forest and what does it do for us? What is happening with trees at the regional and local scale, and what is our role in stewarding this valuable environmental resource?

Community Forestry 101 is an introductory workshop of Canopy’s new Community Forestry School, a five-month series that dives into the fundamentals of urban forestry and the ways you can bring the benefits of trees to your local community. Each workshop includes an in-depth session on key topics in urban forestry and concludes with optional trainings to equip you with skills to work with us side-by-side to remedy local inequities in tree canopy cover and access to urban nature.

This workshop is open to teens and adults. No prior experience necessary.
Spring 2019 workshops:

Engaging Youth in the Urban Forest | March 16
Young Tree Pruning Basics | April 6
Native Oaks & Citizen Science | May 18
Celebration for Community Foresters | June 8

Save the Date for
Two Community Events
23rd Annual Palo Alto Mayor's Tree Planting &
Awards Ceremony

Join us to welcome Palo Alto's incoming Mayor with a special ceremonial tree planting, followed by a reception and presentation of the 2019 Canopy Tree Awards.

Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:15pm to 7:30pm
El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

The Mayor's tree planting ceremony begins at 5:15pm.
Following refreshments, the Canopy Tree Awards will commence at 6:30pm.
4th Annual MLK Day of Service and East Palo Alto
Mayor's Tree Planting

Monday, January 21, 2019
Location TBA (East Palo Alto)

More details coming soon!

Meet the Canopy Board
In this month's series we're thrilled to feature Jane Jones, board member since 2016.  
Jane Jones
Canopy: What inspires you most about Canopy’s work?
Jane Jones: What inspires me about Canopy’s work is that we are planting trees at Brentwood elementary, other local schools, and in the community of East Palo Alto. Recently I was able to participate in a tree planting at Brentwood with Mrs. Martha Hank’s fifth grade class. Canopy may not have been the same group that planted trees when I was at Brentwood, but we are continuing the work that was started by that group.

C: Why do you care about trees?
JJ: Trees are vital to us as they make the air fresher, we use their wood for tools and shelter, and they are home for various wildlife. Also, they are aesthetically pleasing. There is nothing more relaxing to me than sitting or working under the shade of a tree.

C: What is your favorite tree?
JJ: My favorite family of trees is the conifers such as cedars, spruces, firs, and pines. Pine trees are evergreen, and their scents are refreshing. I love the winter holidays because the pine trees are abundant. The smell of pine seems to affect the atmosphere and influence our moods to be pleasant and happier.


Farewell to Uriel
Over four years ago, Canopy had the pleasure of bringing on Uriel Hernandez as a community volunteer, and later as a full-time staff member. Now we wish him a fond farewell as he transitions to a new role with the San Francisco Park Alliance.

We’re incredibly thankful for the work he has accomplished in his community through his work at Canopy. Uriel pioneered urban greening and nature restoration throughout the streets and school campuses of his native East Palo Alto. He is a champion of the urban natural environment through his advocacy at East Palo Alto City Council and commission meetings, and by fighting to close the green gap between affluent and low income communities.

As Canopy’s Community Forestry Program Manager, Uriel implemented East Palo Alto’s first community tree planting initiative, “Branching Out, Arboles Para EPA” and forged partnerships with peer organizations, creating pathways for kids to connect with nature. Uriel served as a mentor to Canopy’s Teen Urban Forester interns, teaching them about green infrastructure and community leadership.

Over the past few years, Uriel has helped plant 640 trees and oversaw the care of thousands more newly planted trees.

Like many of the trees we’ve planted in EPA, it’s been a pleasure to watch Uriel grow into an accomplished arborist and community leader.

Some of the things we’ll miss about him:
  • His passion for urban greening and his community is palpable
  • The way he keeps his cool in any situation
  • His willingness to help a friend or colleague in need
  • His genuine, fun, and adventurous personality
  • His ever changing hair color and hair styles
  • He’s a people person and makes wonderful connections in his community
  • He thinks big and has unending enthusiasm for the things he’s passionate about

We’re excited for him to stick around as a Canopy volunteer, member of the Canopy Program Committee, and advocate for the East Palo Alto community!

Canopy Tree Walk
Greenmeadow Neighborhood
Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
303 Parkside Dr, Palo Alto

Join us for a tree walk in the Greenmeadow neighborhood. The walk will include a great variety of trees: Sugar Maple, Bigleaf Maple, Cork Oak, Torrey Pine, Brazilian Pepper Tree, Moraine Ash, Soapbark Tree, Tulip Tree, Holly Oak and many others!

The walk begins at the Greenmeadow Community Center.


From the Canopy Blog
Tree Spotlight: Cork Oak
Ever wondered how cork is made? Look no further than the cork oak tree!

The cork oak is an evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. Just underneath its bark is a ring of specialized cells called cork cambium that produce the layer of cork that can be harvested.

Thank you to Galyna Vakulenko of the Rhee Lab at Carnegie Institution for Science for preparing this post.


Trees in the News
Trees can change the climate more than scientists thought
In this article, researchers describe how forests can affect the climate. “Many of us are surprised at what a powerful role plants actually play,” said Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Columbia University. Climate models are being used to determine if the destruction or growth of forests in one area have a significant impact on forests in other regions of the world. Abigail Swann, University of Washington professor, has “uncovered a hidden “teleconnection”—a region holding sway over a far distant one through subtle atmospheric mechanisms”.


Volunteer Wire
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Thank You for Reviewing Canopy on GreatNonprofits!
With your help, Canopy is now a 2018
Top-Rated Nonprofit!

A big thank you to everyone for your support and for sharing stories of your time volunteering, learning, or partnering with Canopy.

November Tree Gifts & Dedications
Tree Gifts Hands FINAL
Lyudmila Grigorieva
in honorable memory of Keish Nishijima

Barry Pinto
in honor of A Living Tribute as an appreciation of our customers from the San Francisco Bay Area

Special thank you to our Grantors:



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.

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