The Interactive Tree Walk Guide series is part of Canopy’s Tree Walk program, with neighborhood routes throughout Palo Alto, Mountain View, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. The series offers a convenient way to observe and learn about local trees and their role in creating healthy, vibrant communities.

The Pioneer Memorial Park Interactive Tree Walk Guide in Mountain view is the second in the series to be launched after introducing the Palo Verde Interactive Tree Walk Guide last fall. With easy-to-use maps, clear images and videos for effortless identification, and detailed tree information, you can now explore in a mobile-friendly manner and learn how neighborhood trees benefit our ecosystem.

We thank Canopy’s interns Veronica Weber and Max Klotz and board member Maria Chai for their work on this project. We invite you to spend time outdoors and try the Pioneer Memorial Park Interactive Tree Walk Guide and share any feedback you may have.
Save the date: Upcoming webinars
After a successful launch last Summer and Fall, Canopy’s “More Trees Please” webinar series is back this Spring! We have a line up of terrific speakers who will share their expertise, knowledge, and guidance on three timely urban forestry topics:


We invite you to save these dates and to join us! Learn more about the different topics, the speakers, and how to register. 
Get to know our Amazing Native Oaks! 
Wednesday, February 10, 5- 6 pm

Please join us for an upcoming free webinar to learn more about our native oaks and their history, hosted online by Gamble Garden, The Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, and Canopy. This free webinar is presented by Elise Willis, Tree Programs Director at Canopy and an ISA Certified Arborist. We hope that you can join us!
Mayor's Tree Planting
Canopy kicked off the new year with one of our annual traditions! We welcomed the incoming Mayors of three partner cities with a special ceremonial tree planting.

We were honored to plant a tree for Palo Alto Mayor Tom Dubois in Bol Park, for East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero at the Wangari Maathai Grove, and for Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei at Cuesta Park.

We thank all the Mayors and the communities they represent for their partnership and for being committed to protect and grow our local urban forests. You’ll hear more about these special trees soon! 
From left to right: Mayor Tom Dubois, Mayor Carlos Romero, and Mayor Ellen Kamei.
Planting seeds of peace with
Olive Seed Foundation
In addition to the Mayor’s trees, we were grateful to mark the MLK Day of Service by planting another very special tree for our community.

On Monday, January 18, a small group gathered at the site where another civil rights leader, Wangari Maathai of Kenya, planted an African Olive tree with Canopy and East Palo Alto residents back in 2006. Wangari Maathai told us, “when you plant trees, you plant the seeds of peace and the seeds of hope.”

This year, we planted more seeds of peace as we partnered with Olive Seed Foundation to launch their Global Trees Initiative. On the same day, Olive Seed’s partners in Morocco and Kenya planted trees in their communities, too, making it a special day of global friendship, connection, and stewardship of our beautiful earth.

We’re so grateful to our friends at Olive Seed for inviting us to participate in this global project. Learn more on the Olive Seed blog.
Advocacy Corner
Keeping in mind our mission of growing the urban forest for healthy communities, Canopy’s advocacy efforts help frame tree-friendly policies, ensure funding for tree programs, and join hands with partner organizations and city planners to protect existing trees that green urban spaces.

As part of our ongoing advocacy work, we wish to share with you two recent efforts. One is the Urban Forestry Transition Letter that was sent to the Biden Administration on behalf of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. The second is the support for California ReLeaf's GGRF Early action proposal for increased Urban Forestry funding in California. Canopy is an active member of the California ReLeaf network and our executive director Catherine Martineau serves on its board as treasurer.

We know that by collaborating with state and regional organizations, we can help call attention to important policy changes and advocate for increased state and federal funding for urban forestry programs.
Meet the Board
We are delighted to welcome our newest Canopy Board member - Rachel Knowles! Rachel joined the Canopy board last September. She brings with her a love for nature and the outdoors, along with a wealth of experiences in education, finance, and management.

We look forward to Rachel’s support and guidance for advancing Canopy’s mission in the days ahead. Get to know Rachel on the Canopy blog.
Fall Match Results:
You amaze us, thank you!
You started this year off with the most amazing gift: your year-end generosity blew past the $52,000 match challenge, with Canopy’s wonderful donors contributing $88,000 towards our fall campaign. WOW! We were floored and so grateful for your contributions.

These much-needed funds ensure we can focus more energy on delivering programs in the months ahead and get a jumpstart on the many projects we’re excited to tackle together this year. We’re already hard at work developing new K-12 curricula, caring for newly planted trees, rolling out neighborhood tree plantings, planning for spring webinars, and more.

None of this would be possible without the support and participation of the community we love and serve. Thank you, from our hearts, for your enduring partnership!

A special thank you to our fall match funders:
Meryl and Rob Selig, Matthieu Devin and Catherine Granger, Nancy Drapkin, Susan Rosenberg, Law-Sun Community Fund, Kammy Lo and Kowsik Guruswamy, Mary and Christopher Dateo, Marty and Judy Deggeller, Anonymous (3)
Recent Tree Gifts and Dedications
Tree Gifts

Chris and Anne Ream
In honor of Marty Deggeller
 
The YCS Board of Directors
In memory of Harriet Fisher Bemus
 
Karen Holman
In honor of Urban Cummings
 
Megan Swezey Fogarty and Michael Fogarty
In honor of the Bonar Swezey Family
 
Eleanor Linton
In honor of Susan Ellis
 
David Hoexter and Judie Siddall
In honor of Mary Hoexter
 
Haydi and Damon Danielson
In honor of John and Susan Boething
 
Peying Lee
In memory of Tsai Ju Lin
Jeannie Duisenberg
In honor of Katherine Strehl and Bill Dempsey
 
David and Trish Collins
In memory of Ken Collins and Russell D. DeVries
 
Ross and Karen Heitkamp
In honor of Ross S. Heitkamp
 
Dudley and Elain Andersen
In honor of Marty Deggeller
 
Scott and Leslie McGilvray
In honor of Catherine Martineau
 
Susan R. Mendelsohn and Robert J. Flanagan
In honor of David Hettig
 
Antony Awaida
In honor of Anthony Awaida
 
Mimi and Bill Meffert
In honor ofMarty Deggeller 
 
Vicki Moore
In memory of Scott and Kendra Chan
Tree Gifts create 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.
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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.