If you walk into the Ceci Wong jewelry store or the Kicks shoe shop in downtown Menlo Park, you might see a sterling silver pendant of the Menlo Park tree logo in a shiny red box for sale. In the display case at Ceci Wong, it stands out as somewhat minimalist against the shop's Swiss watches and designer jewelry.
These necklaces are the idea of Councilwoman Catherine Carlton, as part of a fundraising campaign she calls "Kiss your Partner, Hug a Tree," which she announced during her November "state of the city" address.
Each necklace costs $128, and proceeds will go toward planting more trees in Menlo Park.
Those proceeds, about $45 per necklace, will cover about half the cost of purchasing and planting a new tree, including labor costs.
The necklaces, she said, were made in China by a jeweler who made her wedding jewelry.
"It's a really great way of letting people show Menlo Park pride," she said.
Ms. Carlton said she will work with the Environmental Quality Commission to identify locations for new trees and the city arborist Christian Bonner to plant them.
According to an October report by Mr. Bonner, the city had to fell more trees than it would have liked this past year because of drought stress and an increase in proposals to remove trees for development purposes.
"We're still planting more trees than we're removing," Mr. Bonner said, but added, "We're barely keeping up."