Memorials, Plaques, Honoraria or Commemorative Monuments on National Forest System lands
The placement of and requests for placing private memorials or similar forms of remembrance on the Forest continue to rise.
The Forest Service understand the emotion associated with losing a close friend or family member, and the desire to memorialize an individual or event.
While the placement of a monument or memorial on public land may help some individuals through difficult times, these memorials are generally of significance to only those most closely tied to a specific person or event. Others may feel that memorials intrude on their experience of the Forest. For this and other reasons, the placement of monuments or memorials on National Forest System lands is prohibited.
Monuments or memorials will be removed and disposed of when discovered. In lieu of placing a monument or memorial on public land, the Forest Service asks that you consider honoring the person or event in ways that do not have a lasting impact on the landscape or other visitors’ experiences.
Memorials or other commemorative items left on public land may be a violation of 43 CFR 2990.1-2 Unauthorized Use, or 43 CFR 8365.1-2 Unattended Personal Property
Alternatives to the placement of a private memorial
Can I plant a memorial tree in a national forest?
The Forest Service "Plant-A-Tree" Program permits individuals and groups to donate money for the planting of trees on National Forests. The trees may be planted to memorialize loved ones or to commemorate special events such as births, weddings, or anniversaries.
For a suggested minimum donation of $10, which pays for 10-15 seedlings, donors receive a certificate acknowledging their gift. If desired, the name of the person in whose honor the donation is made will appear on the certificate. The trees, planted mostly in large plantations, will not be individually identified by donor. Smaller (or larger) donations will be acceptable in most cases. Business groups may participate in the program as long as their participation is non-commercial.
Donations may be made in person and by mail at all Forest Service offices. Forest Service offices are listed in the telephone directory under "U.S. Government, Department of Agriculture."
There are two other similar programs.
The American Forests group plants memorial trees in national forests in honor of loved ones. Find out more about the Memorial Trees campaign.
The Arbor Day Foundation plants Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a Memorial Signing Program
Persons wishing to sponsor a memorial sign should submit a written request to:
State Traffic Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142