Thank you for joining us at the 2023 Canopy Tree Awards & Volunteer Party!

Saturday, September 9th, 2023
3:00 – 5:00 PM (brief program at 4:15pm)
Bloomhouse, 2555 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto

It was so wonderful to be back with our “Canopeople” and to celebrate our 2023 Tree Awardees at Bloomhouse in East Palo Alto on Saturday, September 9th—thank you to everyone who joined us!

As Canopy’s Volunteer Engagement Manager Indira Selvakumaraswamy said that day: “Our volunteers are pivotal to the work we do and everything we accomplish. We would not be able to fulfill our mission without you.”

Over the past year alone, more than 750 volunteers shared close to 3,000 hours with Canopy as planting leaders and volunteers, pruning and tree care helpers, tree walk leaders and experts, tree surveyors, assistant educators, outreach and advocacy volunteers, generous donors, board and committee members, and more. Volunteers are, without a doubt, the core of our success and impact.

Thank you to Pro Bono Photo for beautifully capturing the day, to Bloomhouse for hosting us, to our tree award sponsors for supporting the event, and to all of our volunteers, partners, donors, and friends who joined us to celebrate our 2023 Awardees and our collective impact.

Congratulations, 2023 Tree Awardees!

East Palo Alto Urban Forest Master Plan Steering Committee and Creators
Arnold Soforenko Award

Don Dias, Redwood City School District
Community Roots Award

Leadership Mountain View
Community Roots Award

Los Robles School Leaders and Community
Community Roots Award

Steve Brugler
Out on a Limb Award

Vera Cordova Mendoza
Out on a Limb Award

Jonathan Gifford
Out on a Limb Award

Scott Marshall
Out on a Limb Award

Jack Owicki
Out on a Limb Award

Samir Sane
Out on a Limb Award

Adrian Maciel
Young Forester Award

Katie Rueff, Willa Bednardz, and the Gunn High School Green Team
Young Forester Award

Jonathan Villanueva
Young Forester Award


Thank you to our 2023 Tree Award sponsors:



About the Canopy Tree Awards

Each year, the Canopy Tree Awards acknowledge volunteers, leaders, and partners who have made significant contributions to our local urban forests and communities:

  • Canopy Chair Award recognizes outstanding work by an individual to advance Canopy’s mission
  • Arnold Soforenko Award recognizes significant efforts to grow or preserve urban trees, especially through thoughtful development, design, or policy
  • Out-on-a-Limb Award recognizes outstanding urban forestry volunteer efforts
  • Young Forester Award recognizes young people who exemplify environmental stewardship through service, education, and leadership
  • Community Roots Award, a new category in 2023, recognizes leaders and institutions who inspire meaningful community engagement in the local urban forest.


Prior Year Awardees

Canopy has been recognizing urban forest champions since 1996.

View previous Canopy award recipients

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