Jan 11

New trees planted along Pierce Road and more to come

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 1:49 pm by Clay Curtin

As part of the 62 trees for Menlo Park program and the Pierce Road Sidewalk project, the City partnered with the nonprofit Canopy, to plant over 40 new trees in the Belle Haven neighborhood. On December 19, 2020, Canopy and City staff, along with local volunteers, planted over a dozen trees along Pierce Road.

Trees are a vital part of our urban landscape and provide multiple environmental, health, social and economic benefits for residents, businesses and visitors. They improve air and water quality, provide habitat value, attract tourists and impart a distinct character to our city.

Another tree planting event will take place in the coming months. Trees will be provided at no cost and residents are responsible for watering the trees in front of their homes.

If you are a homeowner or resident of Belle Haven and are interested in having trees planted, please contact Canopy at 650-964-6110. You can also contact Public Works at 650-330-6780 for additional information.

Dec 28

Stanford’s creative Tree House Program benefits local communities

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm by Clay Curtin

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Stanford was not allowed to have fans in the stadium for much of the football season this fall, leaving a huge void to be filled. That’s when Stanford Athletics decided to partner with Lowe’s to create a “home-forest” advantage by staging approximately 470 trees in Stanford Stadium. For the season-long Tree House Program, Lowe's donated drought-resistant, locally sourced, native trees to cheer on the Cardinal.

As we all know, the season was cut even further when Santa Clara County prohibited team sports from operating due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. However, the creative program still served as an opportunity to highlight the school’s rich history and tradition, foster a one-of-a-kind game day atmosphere and make a positive impact on neighboring communities and the environment.

The approximately 470 trees will be replanted in Bay Area communities. Local city public works departments and other nonprofits will replant the trees to grow urban forest canopy, address climate change and create healthier communities that are greener and more resilient.

Each tree sequesters approximately 5,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. All together, these 470 trees planted in the Bay Area will sequester over 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide—that's equivalent to driving 2.5 million miles! This is enough to offset 39 percent of the annual travel emissions of Stanford's student-athletes.

Stanford Athletics worked with several organizations, including the City of Menlo Park, who will be receiving the trees for planting in 2021.

Dec 28

Holiday tree and garbage collection service schedule

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 11:57 am by Clay Curtin

As a friendly reminder, there is no recycle, compost and garbage collection by Recology San Mateo County Friday, January 1. If your regular collection day falls on the holiday, your service will occur the following day Saturday, January 2, 2021. Learn more information about the solid waste holiday schedule

Menlo Park residents may place their holiday trees next to their green compost cart starting on January 2 to January 31, 2021, on their regular collection day. Please remember to keep trees out of bike lanes and out of the storm gutter.

Holiday tree composting guidelines:
  • Trees should be clean of all decorations, such as lights, tinsel, tree stands and nails.
  • Tree stand must be removed. 
  • Trees may be up to 8 feet in length
  • Larger trees (beyond 8 ft.) should be cut into pieces and placed next to or inside the green compost cart
  • Flocked trees will be accepted
Apartment managers or owners must call 650-595-3900 to arrange for holiday tree collection for their tenants.

For the creative recycler, here are some other ideas for repurposing your tree:
  • Bird feeders: Place the holiday tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.
  • Mulch: A holiday tree is biodegradable. Remove and chip branches to use as mulch in gardens.
  • Living, rooted trees: Rooted trees can be planted in your yard after the holidays.
Holiday tree recycling supports the City of Menlo Park's Climate Action Plan and statewide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.