Urban deforestation is on the rise, many of our mature public trees are in decline and are removed faster than they can be replaced. Canopy plants trees to maintain and expand the size of the urban forest and create healthier communities.
Planting Public Trees
Canopy has planted several thousand trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, at schools, parks, and along our city streets. Community planting events take place during the planting season: the cool, rainy months from the end of October through March. Grants, fundraisers, membership, and donations support our planting efforts.
Coordinating Planting Projects
Planting projects require extensive coordination between Canopy staff, City staff, and volunteers. We work closely with partners such as the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto Public Works Departments and local school districts. Canopy manages all aspects of projects from conception to implementation. This includes designing planting plans, selecting and ordering trees, recruiting and coordinating volunteers and training Canopy Planting Leaders to supervise volunteer groups in proper planting methods.
Engaging and Educating Planting Volunteers
Canopy engages and educates the community at planting events. Canopy provides tools, gloves and materials. It gives educational demonstrations and safety information to volunteers who then work in teams to dig holes, plant and stake the trees.
Canopy Projects in 2010
- Clocked 967 volunteer hours planting 275 new trees
- Provided care and maintenance for 1,200 newly planted trees in East Palo Alto
- Planted trees at six schools and three parks
- Held 15 planting events