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Dedicate a Tree or Grove

You can make an important contribution to protecting the redwood forest by dedicating a tree or grove in honor or memory of someone or something you love, or to mark important occasions such as weddings or anniversaries.

Dedicate a Tree or Grove

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Dedicate a Grove
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Dedicate a Tree
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Dedication FAQs
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For those who have had the chance to stand in a redwood grove, few life experiences compare. It's hard to imagine life on our planet without these awesome and majestic places. We can all agree that there are some places on Earth that are so special that they are worth saving. That's why there is such strong support for protecting redwood lands.

Honor and Memorial Groves

Dedicating a redwood grove through a gift to Save the Redwoods League helps ensure that these magical places will survive, while naming a special place in the forest where you and your loved ones may enjoy the trees and the rivers and wildlife that surround them.

Your gift helps us purchase redwood land, restore logged forests, study how to best protect them and teach children and adults about these magical expressions of life.

Our members have named more than 1,000 honor and memorial groves in California redwood parks and reserves, and more are added each year.

Dedicating Your Grove

You may personally visit and select from the available groves in 19 redwood parks. Maps with the location of the groves are available, and League staff or park rangers may be available to accompany you on your visit. Those unable to visit the redwoods may ask the League to designate a grove for them.

Donations vary, based on the size and age of the trees, density of forest cover, acreage, accessibility and location. Grove gifts, which begin at $25,000, may be made in a lump sum, over a period of three years, or by bequest or other form of planned gift. In many parks, a sign bearing the name of the honoree may be placed in the grove.

Gifts to dedicate a redwood grove support our work to purchase redwood land, restore logged forests, study how to best protect them and teach children and adults about these magical expressions of life. Each dedicated grove has its unique story. Some people dedicate a grove or tree to memorialize the everlasting love shared between two individuals or a family. Others are established in celebration of a birthday or anniversary. Some acknowledge the work of a favorite group, organization, or hero.

Regardless of the reason for the dedication of a redwood grove or tree, the individuals, families and organizations that have named these lands have played an important role in both the League's and the state of California's history.

A Choice of Locations

Magnificent redwood groves are available for dedication all along the north coast of California, from Big Sur to the Oregon border. Some have small creeks winding quietly through the trees. Others have breathtaking views of the Pacific. Many are easily accessible by trail, and others are tucked into the far reaches of the parks.

Many of the well-known redwood state parks (SP), state natural reserves (SNR) and state recreation areas (SRA) offer groves for dedication. Your grove may be established in one of the following sites:

See the complete list of dedicated honor and memorial groves.

Honor and Memorial Trees

With a gift of $1,000 to $15,000, you may personally select and name a mature redwood tree in one of the following parks:

Once the tree is dedicated, we will send you a certificate and an updated map including the name of the tree and its location. Donation amounts are based on the diameter of the tree and range from $1,000 to $15,000.

Answers to Common Questions

Download the PDF of all Grove and Honor Tree FAQs.

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Grove Dedications

What is the size of a grove?

Most are 2–5 acres, with some as large as 10 acres.

What's the average grove gift amount?

Varies by grove size and location. Minimum of $25,000; average range of $45,000–$75,000; and some more than $250,000.

How many groves are dedicated each year?

About 15 on average.

When was the first grove dedicated?

1921, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Can ashes be scattered in a grove?

Yes, and League staff members can assist with the simple permit process.

Where are groves available?

In 19 parks throughout Northern California. Please contact the League to request maps.

Are groves dedicated on land that's already protected?

Yes. In recognition of a donor's contribution to Save the Redwoods League, an honorary grove is dedicated on land that the League has protected. Funds are used to purchase and protect threatened redwood lands that become additions to California's redwood parks.

Tree Dedications

How large are the trees?

Small trees average 2-3 feet diameter; the largest trees are 10+ feet diameter.

How can I find my tree?

League maps show the location and number of each tree. In most cases, this number corresponds to a small numbered tag that can be located on the tree at eye level.

Can a sign or personalized plaque be posted?

No, this in order to avoid cluttering the forest, but personalized text may be added to the map in addition to the tree name.

Can I scatter ashes near my tree?

Yes, and League staff members can assist with the simple permit process.

For more information or to dedicate a tree, contact Megan Ferreira at (415) 820-5809, or mferreira@savetheredwoods.org.

Donor Profile

Christa Lyons: Grove Dedication Celebrates Heroic Parents
Christa Lyons: Grove Dedication Celebrates Heroic Parents

Christa Lyons said of her parents and the grove that bears their name: "My parents are here in spirit."

Christa Lyons, a Save the Redwoods League member and volunteer, had long admired her parents as heroes. So in September 2009, she and her husband dedicated a grove to them in Humboldt Redwoods State Park through the League's grove program.

The family took a roundabout path to the redwoods. In 1938, Kurt and Hilde Munchheimer fled Nazi Germany for Nigeria, where Kurt, a medical doctor, worked in a leper colony. Two years later, they were arrested by the British, who saw them simply as “enemy” Germans. The couple spent the next six years in an internment camp in Jamaica, where one son and a daughter, Christa, were born. The son died due to lack of medical facilities.

After their release, the Munchheimers moved to New Jersey, where Kurt was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. In 1953, they moved to Rio Dell, the largest town in Northern California without a doctor.

"I can still remember the drive up the Avenue of the Giants — and the awe we felt in the presence of those trees." Lyons said.

It didn't take long for her father to join Save the Redwoods League.
 
Lyons has continued her parents' tradition of service. Retired from a 30-year career at the IRS, she volunteers for the Red Cross, the African Blackwood Conservation Project and the Save the Redwoods League Education Committee and Board of Councillors. She also named the League in her will.

"The grove dedication was one of the most special days in our lives," said Lyons, who plans to return to the site every year. "It gives me a feeling I don't get anyplace else. My parents are there in spirit. I could not have picked a better way to honor them."


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