East Palo Alto, CA (September 18, 2007)- Canopy, a non-profit organization that furthers the greening of urban environments, has received a grant to plant 130 new trees in East Palo Alto. The “NeighborWoods” grant was made available by the Alliance for Community Trees and the Home Depot Foundation and will fund the planting of the trees and three tree-related community workshops.
The trees will be planted in six East Palo Alto parks and also in areas near the Baylands Trail. The dates for the plantings are to be announced later. The first workshop, “How to Select and Plant Young Trees” takes place Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Palo Alto High School.
The “NeighborWoods” project is designed to help make tangible changes in the community through hands-on activities and also advocates the planting of trees during the right time of the year, which is from Oct. 1 to April 30.
National Arbor Month in March is not the best time to plant trees in California because weather is drier and hotter than other times of the year, according to Canopy. Instead Canopy urges people to plant trees in October.