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CANOPY
February 3, 2010

After the clearcutting of the oak trees on California Avenue in Palo Alto, I looked around for an organization that protects trees in Palo Alto. Canopy wasn't hard to find, and I joined it immediately. Saturday's event (the replanting of trees) convinced me that I made the right decision. Canopy shares with residents Fred and Ann Balin the credit for leading the movement to redirect the city's ill-advised replanting plan to what was finally achieved. I think everyone who wishes to prevent another fiasco like last September's tree cutting needs to get involved with their neighborhood association. I believe that if more people had been involved it wouldn't have happened. In addition, please support Canopy.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

joining with them in a powerful local movement that advocated the replacement of the felled oak trees with a diversity of species; at the end, Canopy organized and led the planting of the replacements in what was a joyous civic celebration.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is far too early in my association to suggest changes. I am happy to appreciate what they are and what they have done.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being around people who love and know trees.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, serious and sophisticated about preserving and expanding Palo Alto's canopy. They were friendly and informative, about as perfect representatives of the organization as could be imagined.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make Palo Alto an even better place to live.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Development and population expansion. Crowded urban areas don't have much space for trees.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I didn't realize how important it is to vigilantly protect the trees. I assumed that this was a given in the "tree city" that Palo Alto claims to be; I was wrong. I will remain a supporter of Canopy because they watch out for the trees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped plant the replacement trees.