This year, we again experienced the power of working together toward a common vision. Thanks to your support, we expanded tree planting and nature education to new schools and neighborhoods, engaged more youth as Teen Urban Foresters, and worked to remedy local inequities in tree canopy cover and access to urban nature.
With your help, we’ll continue planting trees, advocating for nature-filled neighborhoods, and investing in a greener future. Thank you for partnering with us to grow healthy trees and healthy communities.
“Canopy is a shining example of what can be done in a short, yet committed, 20 years. Commendable and remarkable. Canopy has established a lasting benefit of safekeeping Palo Alto’s beautiful trees now and for generations.”
– Shirin Coleman, Community Advocate
In all, over 5,000 people (including 1,700+ youth!) attended or volunteered for a Canopy workshop, lesson, training, celebration, or service day in FY 2017. A big thank you to everyone who grows and sustains our local urban forest!
New tools for a new generation
After extensive research, Canopy and City of Palo Alto selected a digital tree mapping tool called Tree Plotter, with a customized public map launching in fall 2017. This interactive tool will help Canopy and the City track and share tree planting and tree care activities, and enable residents to explore, learn, and contribute to urban forest data.
Citizen science and The Great Oak Count
Renewing oak populations in our urban landscapes promises a host of benefits for people, wildlife, regional ecology, and landscape resilience. As a first step towards “re-oaking” efforts, Canopy and partners are launching The Great Oak Count, an update to Canopy’s 2002 Oakwell Survey. This people-powered citizen science effort will map changes in native oak populations over the last two decades, and provide invaluable data to guide researchers, conservationists, and policymakers.
Amplifying our voice for urban nature
As the rapid pace of development continues in our region, we need strong voices urging planners and policymakers to make room for nature in our cities while also addressing the housing crisis. As part of our new strategic plan, Canopy will leverage existing partnerships, form an advocacy advisory council, and invest in new mechanisms to deepen our long-term impact. Our goal is to ensure local communities protect and prioritize nature in every neighborhood.
Strengthening local tree ordinances
In 2018, Palo Alto will review and update its Tree Protection Ordinance and Tree Technical Manual, both adopted in 1997 thanks to efforts by Canopy’s early community advocates. Canopy is working with the City and conservation partners to ensure the new ordinances are prudent, robust, effective, and enforceable.
The City of East Palo Alto is creating a new Development Code. Canopy is reviewing the draft code to help ensure new policies support healthy, green, tree-filled neighborhoods.
And of course…more trees!
As we continue progress on our Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! Initiative, we’re gearing up for another big planting season. In 2018, you’ll find us increasing canopy cover in south Palo Alto neighborhoods, planting new school trees and landscape plants in Mountain View, working with residents to plant and care for East Palo Alto street and yard trees, and more. We warmly invite you to join us!
Thanks to all those who grow healthy trees and healthy communities!