Your Neighborhood Association now has a fund dedicated to conservation of our island trees. With an anonymous grant of $5K given specifically “for the trees” during 2019 we were off!
In our May newsletter, we provided a list of the donors to our original Tree Fund. Since then, we have added $10,425 to the Tree Fund, including 7 donors contributing more than $1,000.
Our 2020 donors through October for tree fund and annual contributions are listed on our website. Please check to ensure that we got your name correctly listed, or to check if you have donated yet this year.
Please share our thanks to the following new Park Conservators:
William Lee Yang. Joe Matt & Hillary Chen, Linda & John Gemello, Bill & Susan Kenney, Steve & Patty Porter, Steve & Patty Carlson, Dan Scheinman, Kurt de Grosz, and Rakhi & Ganesh Bell
A special thanks to Paul Chapman (& Janet) for his time to improve our technology infrastructure. We are now using QuickBooks Online for accounting and “Little Green Light” for donation processing. Paul & Janet donated $1,000 to spend on new technology, and we appreciate it.
Why are we raising money specifically for a Tree Fund?
Trees and islands define The Park! The City only prunes its trees when there is an imminent hazard or it removes dead trees. If we want our islands to look better than that standard affords, we need to fund the required work. It’s that simple.
We’ve shown we can do that. Neighbors’ regular, annual dues contributions will remain the backbone for our efforts, funding extra grounds maintenance for our islands, watering our young public trees, and enabling various improvement projects.
But it had been 15-20 years since the deadwood that accumulates in our island trees was pruned out. (The SMPNA funded that work too, during five years in the early 2000s.) We need to do it again. But it’s expensive, so we work at the pace we can fund. We also would be well served by some structural pruning on young island trees and we might want to plant more trees than the City allots us. The Tree Fund gives us means to accelerate or undertake efforts such as these.
We will announce projects funded out of our new Tree Fund as they are planned and carried out. Meanwhile, we welcome new, major donors as well as friends of the Tree Fund to join in! Don’t forget that your annual dues come first, as they support ongoing programs. But for those who are passionate and able, we now have this Tree Fund as a tax-deductible way to make significant, near-term improvements in our trees and islands.
These donors have contributed to the San Mateo Park Tree Fund
On behalf of the SMPNA Board and our entire neighborhood,