Palo Alto is known for its urban canopy with over 36,000 city-city-owned trees. One of the first things Thelma Tuttle told me when I first moved here was about “El Palo Alto,” the 1,100 year-old coastal redwood tree that our city is named after. I later learned on a tour of Professorville, (thanks to Lynn Hunwick for this great find!) that it was the Palo Alto Women’s Club who nurtured the many trees lining the newly forming dirt roads by carrying milk cans full of water in horse-drawn buggies to irrigate trees they planted. Many years later in 1986 Palo Alto became a Tree City USA and has since employed a certified arborist to further the development of tree life, diversity, and care. Little did I know that my own story would weave into the tangled roots of Palo Alto’s Urban Forest. Last Tuesday I met with one of the more recent staff members in the arborist department of the city, her name is Elise, and she also happens to be a former student of mine from a youth group in Florida. We talked for a good two hours about our shared loved for the Christian tradition and for nature. I am excited to say that she will be joining us in April to share with us some of her story and some of her knowledge about the trees on our church campus and in our neighborhood.