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.
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.
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.
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:
- Big Basin Redwoods SP (external link)
- Butano SP (external link)
- Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP (external link)
- Forest of Nisene Marks SP (external link)
- Grove of the Old Trees (external link)
- Harry A. Merlo SRA (external link)
- Humboldt Redwoods SP (external link)
- Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP (external link)
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP (external link)
- Limekiln SP (external link)
- Mill Creek (external link)
- Montgomery Woods SNR (external link)
- Navarro River Redwoods SP (external link) — Interactive Grove Map
- Pfeiffer Big Sur SP (external link)
- Portola Redwoods SP (external link)
- Prairie Creek Redwoods SP (external link)
- Purisima Creek Redwoods (external link)
- Sinkyone Wilderness SP (external link)
- Wilder Ranch SP (external link)
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:
- Butano State Park (external link)
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park (external link)
- Wilder Ranch State Park (external link)
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.
Download the PDF of all Grove and Honor Tree FAQs.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Husch: Dedicated Redwood Grove Feels Like Old Home
David Husch (back row, far right) dedicated a grove to his father. Friends and family members celebrated. Photo by Bill Dean
David Husch grew up at Husch Vineyards in Northern California. So it felt as if he were coming home in May 2009 when he assembled 30 friends and family members in nearby Navarro River Redwoods State Park to dedicate a redwood grove in memory of his father, Tony Husch.
Guests from the Husch winery, Save the Redwoods League, and friends and family from as far away as Los Angeles, San Diego and Boston all enjoyed the celebration in the Mendocino County park.
"I was so happy that my relatives got to come to the redwoods, go camping and share our love for the forest," David said.
As part of the dedication, David and other family members gave a generous gift to Save the Redwoods League to support redwood land purchases, restoration of logged forests, research on how to best protect these special places and programs to teach children and adults about these magical expressions of life.
David also ensured that his support for the forest will endure by including the League in his will. In addition, he volunteers for the League.
The redwoods near David's childhood home were a major source of inspiration for him and his family.
"My father loved going fishing in the redwoods,” David said. "And I love hiking in them. There's a quiet peacefulness."
David was a successful software engineer who started Trafficware, a company that helps cities deal with traffic problems. With heightened awareness of environmental problems in 2005, he sold his company and, at age 38, turned to philanthropy full-time.
"It's critical that as a society we protect our environment," David said. Among his priorities are protecting special places through organizations such as the League.
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Your Gifts Secure Match for Santa Cruz Old-Growth
Thanks to you, we've met our matching gift challenge! Thanks to the generous J.A. Woollam Foundation, an additional $68,000 of your gifts were matched in our Santa Cruz Mountains Old-Growth Campaign. The J.A. Woollam Foundation donated the gift in addition to its initial pledge of $100,000! We also thank our anonymous donor for the gift of $55,000 to this campaign. So far we've raised about $5.5 million of the $8 million needed to purchase and protect some of the most magnificent old-growth redwood forest still left in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can help us meet our ultimate goal. Learn more.
HIGHLIGHTS: A visit to the Eel River's magnificent redwoods inspired John C. Merriam, Madison Grant, and Henry Fairfield Osborn to establish Save the Redwoods League in 1918. Only three years later, the fledging organization won protection for the area.