Kathy Hughes Anderson served as Atherton's Town Arborist for more than two decades. She grew beloved to many residents for her devotion to the care and protection Atherton's heritage trees. She brought a deep knowledge of horticulture and shared her profound love of trees, plants and flowers to everyone she dealt with in the community. She also served on the Atherton Tree Committee and as staff liaison to the Atherton Environmental Programs Committee and, in that capacity, planted trees in Atherton and worked to build awareness and appreciation of critical environmental issues.
We are friends of Kathy's who know what a gentle, caring, creative and giving a human being she was. We are simply stunned by the surreal news of her brutal death on or about December 11th. Following the devastating fire season of 2018, Kathy wanted to do what she could to help direct funding to the National Forest Foundation to support their efforts to accelerate the rebirth of forests destroyed by fires. We have chosen to create this fundraising page as a continuation of work she herself had started and to honor her love of trees. Every dollar contributed here will go to plant a tree in a burned area of forest as part of the NFF's "50 Million Trees for Our Forests" campaign.
The National Forest Foundation (https://www.nationalforests.org/) was chartered by Congress with a simple mission: bring people together to restore and enhance the 193-million-acre National Forest System. They are a registered and respected 501(c)3 which serves as the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service. The money contributed here goes directly to them and is fully tax-deductible. Please use the 'Give Now' button to plant trees in honor of Kathy in lieu of flowers or gifts. Thank you.
(Those who were unable to attend Kathy's memorial on January 13, 2019 can email email@example.com to request a copy of the memorial program or Kathy's eulogy.)