Plant-A-Tree Program

Plant-a-Tree CertificatePeople often wish to leave living memorials for those they have lost or want to plant trees to commemorate special occasions. In response to these wishes, the U.S. Forest Service has established a special program to allow people to donate money toward planting trees on the National Forests. The minimum donation for receiving a Plant a Tree certificate is $10. This program qualifies as a charitable deduction for the Internal Revenue Service.

What do Contributors Receive?

After a donation is made, the contributor will receive a certificate. Certificates can be sent to more than one person. If special wording is desired on the certificate, please let us know. If the donation is made in memory of someone who has passed away, a certificate will also be sent to the family. The certificate (suitable for framing) recognizes the contribution to the Plant a Tree Program and has a space where the person's name is added. The certificate will explain the reason for the commemorative event, (i.e. birthday, retirement, wedding, in memory of, etc,) and will list who made the contribution, It is signed by an official from the U.S. Forest Service. An explanation of the program is also included on the certificate.

Where are the trees planted?

The trees are planted on general forest land within the Umatilla National Forest boundary. They are not designated on the ground as a memorial, but are planted for multiple use purposes. The size and species of the trees planted will be appropriate to the site and will be at the discretion of the Forest Service. The contributor does not receive any guarantees on the future use of these trees and the trees are the property of the United States of America.

Can I request a Plant-a-Tree certificate through the mail?

Yes. Unfortunately, because we can't accept credit cards, we can't do it on line, but we're happy to handle a plant a tree request by mail. Click here for a .pdf application form to send in to plant a tree. Checks should be made out to the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and sent to:

Umatilla National Forest
Attn: Receptionist
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

Once we've received your application and check, we'll create your personalized certificate and mail it, along with a letter, to those people/addresses indicated on your application.
Please enclose any information you'd like to see included in the letter. Any help to make the letter personal is appreciated!