Branching Out – Trees for East Palo Alto

Between 2015 and 2019, Canopy will partner with East Palo Alto residents to plant 500 new trees in East Palo Alto neighborhoods, parks, and schools.

Free Trees for East Palo Alto Residents! 22509161432_e33dd03c08_z

  • Canopy is partnering with the City of East Palo Alto, CAL FIRE, and other partners to plant 500 trees over the next 4 years.
  • Free trees will be planted in neighborhoods where the residents want them.
  • Canopy will provide the trees and help select the right species for your location.
  • Residents must water the trees (15 gallons per week during the first summer, less water each year after that)
  • Canopy will trim and maintain the trees for the first 4 years. After that the tree(s) will become the responsibility of the City to maintain if they are planted in a parking strip or the city’s right-of-way in front of the yard. In East Palo Alto, the city’s right of way varies block by block, so contact Canopy if you are not sure where your private property begins and the city’s ends. A parking strip (grass/dirt area between the sidewalk and road, see photo) is ideal.
  • Canopy can also plant private trees in your front yard, but Canopy will need access to the tree for maintenance and check ups. Private trees will be the homeowner’s responsibility after the first 4 years, but Canopy will provide training for each tree steward.

“Branching Out” Neighborhood Tree Plantings To-Date:

September 25th, 2015 – We kicked off this program by joining Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco for their 3-day “Building Blocks” event. While our partner organizations repaired and renovated homes in the neighborhood, Canopy volunteers planted 20 new street trees on and around Beech Street between Clarke and Pulgas.

January 18th, 2016 – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers came together to plant new trees and over 100 landscape plants in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in East Palo Alto. We also held our first East Palo Alto Mayor’s Tree Planting–a new annual tradition that we’re excited to continue.

April 2nd, 2016 – Local residents of the Kavanaugh Neighborhood reached out to Canopy in late 2015 when they heard about our tree planting activities in East Palo Alto. With their help, Canopy reached out to dozens of households, working with residents to identify planting sites, select tree species, and plan for the neighborhood gathering. In total, over 150 volunteers came out to participate. Canopy planting leaders led efforts to plant 49 new street and yard trees. Other volunteers picked up trash around the neighborhood and removed old chain link fences.

October 22nd, 2016 – One of our biggest neighborhood tree plantings yet! With help from nearly 100 residents and volunteers, we planted 70 new trees in East Palo Alto’s University Village neighborhood, then wrapped up the day connecting over a barbecue in the park.

If you’re an East Palo Alto Resident…

Want a free tree? Please complete the form below. We will organize a planting when enough residents in a concentrated area express desire for a tree in front of their home. Get your neighbors involved!

You can also reach Canopy’s Program and Outreach Coordinator, Uriel Hernandez, at 650-964-6110 ext. 4 or for more information about the program.

If you want to help plant trees…

Even if we are not planting a tree adjacent to your home, Canopy invites you to participate in neighborhood plantings and other work days. Please use our VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FORM or email Uriel at Thank you for your interest!

Funding for this project provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.