November 2017

In this issue:
Coming up at Canopy
Tree Planting: University Square Neighborhood USqaure
Saturday, November 11, 9am - 12:30pm
Meet at Joel Davis Park, on the corner of Oakes St and Tate St, East Palo Alto

Help create greener communities! This Saturday, join Canopy and residents from University Square neighborhood to plant new street and yard trees. Email with questions or group volunteer inquiries.

Tree Walk: Caminata de Árboles para Familias BelleHavenWalk
Saturday, November 11, 10am - 12pm
Kelly Park, 100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park
Dé un paseo con Canopy y el experto en árboles locales, Oscar Aviles , para explorar la diversidad de árboles en Belle Haven. A través de una búsqueda del tesoro interactiva, los niños descubrirán las características únicas de cada árbol, mientras aprenden acerca de los beneficios que proporcionan. Nota: Este Tree Walk será en español. 

Nos encontraremos a la entrada de Kelly Park detrás del Onetta Harris Community Center.

Take a stroll with Canopy and local tree expert, Oscar Aviles, to explore the diversity of trees in Belle Haven. Through an interactive scavenger hunt, children will discover the unique characteristics of each tree, while learning about the benefits they provide. Note: This Tree Walk will be led in Spanish. 

We will meet at the entrance to Kelly Park behind the Onetta Harris Community Center.
Note: This tree walk will be led in Spanish. 

SUNDAY, November 12, 10am - 12pm
Meet at Gamble Garden's parking lot

A Sunday tree walk! Come stroll with Canopy and expert arborist,  Laura Fanger, to explore the trees of one of Palo Alto's most beloved public gardens.

We'll encounter species like the Manna Gum, Cucumber Tree, Cockspur Coral Tree, Japanese Persimmon Hachiya, and many more.

Tree Planting: Belle Haven Neighborhood
Saturday, December 2, 1:30pm - 4:30pm MPPlanting
Belle Haven, Menlo Park

Join Canopy, the City of Menlo Park, and community partners as we plant trees throughout the Belle Haven neighborhood. 

Together we create stronger, healthier communities by bringing the life-improving benefits of trees to the places we live. Email with questions or group volunteer inquiries.

Tree Walk: Trees of Stanford TreesStanford
Saturday, December 9, 10am - 12pm
Frost Amphitheater,  365 Lasuen St, Stanford

Join expert arborist Dave Muffly as we explore the rich mosaic of tree species at Stanford University. View a stunning  Quercus nigra and learn about the decade of experimentation with hybrid oaks, which grow alongside mature oaks, both native and otherwise. 

This juxtaposition provides a powerful introduction to one of the hottest topics in biosciences today, the question of whether to incorporate climate change adaptivity into our landscape choices. This walk meets at the main entrance of Frost near the Bing Concert Hall, at Stanford University.

The Great Oak Count Launch! GOC
College Terrace
The Great Oak Count pilot was a resounding success!

A big thank you to all our survey leaders and volunteers for coming out to the College Terrace neighborhood for the launch. 

With your help we surveyed almost half of the neighborhood, in unexpectedly speedy fashion, and gathered information on 73 native oak trees! Stay tuned for the next neighborhood survey day in the new year.

Annual Party: Save the Date AP
22nd 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 2018 Canopy Tree Awards.

This year, Canopy is especially proud to honor Dave Dockter, who is retiring after more than two decades serving the City of Palo Alto as Planning Arborist. Dave has shaped and championed the City's urban forest throughout his career, and we look forward to offering a tribute to his outstanding contributions.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
5:15pm - 7:30pm
Palo Alto City Hall

The Mayor's tree planting ceremony begins at 5:15pm. Following refreshments, the Canopy Tree Awards will commence at 6:30pm.

Evening with Hope Jahren HopeJ
Save the date for a special evening with award-winning scientist and author Hope Jahren.
On Saturday, April 7th 2018, Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, will be our keynote speaker for a festive evening in celebration of trees. 

We'll delve into her world as a scientist, for an illuminating look at women in science, and of course, trees. 

Hope Jahren has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching and researching. Her research focuses on plants, seeds, and soil. 

From the Blog blog

Why We Care About Oaks

When we see large native oaks in our neighborhoods, we see the unique result of hundreds of years of endurance. 

In a newly released report, Re-oaking Silicon Valley: Building Vibrant Cities with Nature, the San Francisco Estuary Institute highlights the critical role played by oaks.

Meet Our Fall Interns

This fall, we are thrilled to welcome three Teen Urban Foresters (TUFs) and two interns to the Canopy staff. 

We are excited to have on-board Urban Forester Intern, Jack Dorsey, who will be leading the TUFs in tree plantings, essential tree care, and surveying oaks.  While Aaron Rudolf, Digital Outreach Intern, is supporting Canopy's social media.

Trees in the News news
Pollution Solution that's Growing on Trees
The Mountain View Voice reports that researchers at NASA have found a promising way to clean contaminated sites--with trees! 

John L. Freeman, a plant physiologist with Intrinsyx, initiated an experiment in 2013 with a grove of poplar trees at the Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Superfund site.

What he found was astonishing, "his trees are sucking up about 40,000 gallons of toxic water through their roots and then breaking down the worst contaminants into benign byproducts". This is great news for the over 1,000 Superfund sites found across the United States.

Image via the Mountain View Voice.

October Tree Gifts and Dedications
Since October 1, 2017

Marilyn Smith and Neighbors
in memory of Don Briglia

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