Opponents of the proposed high speed rail, which would extend from the Bay Area to Los Angeles have brandished their latest weapon: a tree. It seems that Stanford’s iconic Redwood, “El Palo Alto,” is directly along the route of the system.

El Palo Alto, which is approximately 1,070 years old, has been an important geographical marker for the area since before the arrival of settlers. The vulnerable Coastal Redwood was on the brink of destruction due to human impact during the last century, but it has since bounced back.

Maybe they can build a tunnel through it?

[SF Citizen, Peninsula Press]