Historical Society to Present an Evening Dedicated To the History of Trees in Our Town This Thursday

Neighborhood climbing association in 1961.

Former Pacific Palisades Historical Society President Randy Young will speak about Palisades trees at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, in Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Road. Admission is free and refreshments will follow the program. There is free parking.

What’s the history and politics behind so many trees in our community? Who planted them and why should we care? Young, through photographs and historical facts, will present a thoroughly delightful talk on the subject.

Young was born and grew up in Pacific Palisades. His parents, Betty Lou and Dr. Tom Young, instilled in their son that this was the coolest place to live and that this area, which borders on the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains, should be protected.

Young attended Paul Revere and Palisades High School. He received a degree in photography from Art Center College of Design and for many years had a commercial photo studio in Culver City.

But Young’s real passion was producing books on Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon and Rustic Canyo with his mother, who wrote the text. Their partnership used history and photos to help protect and enhance this town’s character.

Young has followed a life of activism to prevent commercial exploitation and development from eroding life in Pacific Palisades.

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