National Memorial Programs and Resources
Living Memorials and Greening Resources

Voices of September 11th

VOICES of September 11th advocates and provides services for all those affected by September 11th; promotes public policy reform on prevention, preparedness and response to terrorism; and builds bridges between international communities changed by terrorism. Voices' 9/11 Living Memorial Project is an online interactive tribute commemorating the lives and preserving the stories of September 11, 2001. The Forest Service's Living Memorials Project research effort continues to grow in partnership with Voices of September 11th. 

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

This site contains resources for both its members and the public alike.  The AABGA hosts an annual conference on botanical issues, with the 2003 conference entitled "Seeds of Revolution" that asks "How can public horticulture honor the past, embrace the present, and meet the new challenges of the future with spirit and passion?" 
American Community Gardening Association
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. The Association recognizes that community gardening improves the quality of life for people by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education. ACGA and its member organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands.
American Horticultural Therapy Association
The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and advance the profession of Horticultural Therapy as a therapeutic intervention and rehabilitative medium. AHTA: disseminates information relating to the principals and practices of horticultural therapy; promotes research in horticultural therapy; establishes professional standards and accreditation in horticultural therapy; provides professional registration based on academic achievements, work and volunteer experience; offers members to individuals, students and institutions both nationally and internationally; and manages the annual Douglas J. Schwartz Greenhouse Grants Program.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The mission of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is to serve all the people in its community and throughout the world by: Displaying plants and practicing the high art of horticulture to provide a beautiful and hospitable setting for the delight and inspiration of the public. Engaging in research in plant sciences to expand human knowledge of plants, and disseminating the results to science professionals and the general public. Teaching children and adults about plants at a popular level, as well as making available instruction in the exacting skills required to grow plants and make beautiful gardens.  Reaching out to help the people of all our diverse urban neighborhoods to enhance the quality of their surroundings and their daily lives through the cultivation and enjoyment of plants.  Seeking actively to arouse public awareness of the fragility of our natural environment, both local and global, and providing information about ways to conserve and protect it.
Champion Tree Project
The Champion Tree Project is a non-profit, tax exempt charity dedicated to Protect, Propagate and Plant the gold medallists of our fields and forests.  The Champion Tree Project was founded in 1996 in Michigan to preserve the biggest, best, tallest, strongest, and eldest representatives of Earth's largest living plants. The Project exists to protect these magnificent elder giants, and make sure their genetic wisdom, beauty and benevolence is available in the new millennium. We harvest seeds and buds to propagate into new saplings, which are planted in safe havens called Archival Living Libraries. They have provided Champion Trees for 9-11 plantings at the Pentagon and in Calvary Cemetary in Queens, NY.
Community Food Security Coalition
CFS approach believes strongly in the need to protect and promote local family-based agriculture as an alternative to a globalized food system. CFS strategies such as developing farmers' markets and community supported agriculture arrangements in low income communities benefit farmers and consumers by building non-traditional but natural partnerships. Family farmers benefit with an added source of income. Also, greater connection and understanding of local agriculture on the part of urban residents can facilitate regional and state policies that protect and promote local agriculture (such as farmland preservation).  Community food security is as much about building community as it is about providing food for hungry people. CFS is about building partnerships between public and private sectors, between consumers and producers.
America the Beautiful Fund
In response to the tragedy of September 11th, America the Beautiful Fund provided grants of 100 - 1,000 packets of seed to plant Freedom Gardens all across America. We all want to help. We all want to do something to soothe the suffering of the family and friends of victims.  We all want to take part in the healing of America.  Plant a Freedom Garden to preserve the memory of those lost and as a peaceful reminder of the spirit that defines us as a nation.  For 21 years we have distributed seed to grow food for the hungry, to teach environmental stewardship and to beautify America's streets, parks, schools and places of worship. Today, we call upon Americans to plant the "seeds that grow hope" in memorium.  We ask you to seek a place in your community where those who have perished will be remembered always.  A place to reflect on the events of September 11th, a place to celebrate our freedom and all the ways we express it.

Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is the national leader of the private land conservation movement, promoting voluntary land conservation across the country and providing resources, leadership and training to the nation's 1,200-plus nonprofit, grassroots land trusts, helping them to protect important open spaces.  The Land Trust Alliance provides an array of programs, including direct grants to land trusts, training programs, answers to more than 3,000 inquiries for technical assistance each year, and one-on-one mentoring to help land trusts build organizations that are equipped to protect open space.
Memorial Trees Campaign  and Patriot Trees for America
American Forests' Memorial Trees Campaign planted thousands of trees - one tree for every victim of the September 11 attack on America - in memorial groves in New York City; Washington, DC; Virginia and Pennsylvania. And, in addition, American Forests will plant memorial trees in communities across the United States.  In the Patriot Trees for America Program, American Forests and participating IGA stores will work toward raising $675 per store to plant a 10-tree grove at a local park, school, or memorial in your hometown. American Forests will provide the trees-each the direct-offspring of a tree that witnessed an important moment in history or shaded a famous person. Area students, teachers or civic leaders may be invited to help choose the town's historic trees, and each grove will include a granite memorial marker and individual tree markers indicating species and historical lineage...  They actively solicit interested communities and donor individuals.

Memorial Trees for WTC Victims
Trees New York
Trees New York has established a program to plant trees in memory of victims of the World Trade Center attacks. The plantings took place in spring and fall of 2002.

Memory Trees
An innovative nonprofit in Southern California run for and by kids, Tree Musketeers has a number of tree planting programs and resources.  As the name might suggest, trees are the primary focus of Tree Musketeers' environmental programs.  They mobilize community volunteers tall and small for youth led events to plant and care for trees in a variety of projects. However, they have ongoing responsibility for two large areas of trees--Memory Row and Millennium Row. While standing as living tributes to special people or events, these trees are on the front line in the war against air, noise, and smell pollution. Memory Trees bring joy to the people who plant and care for them, and the community forest grows at no expense to the city.
National Arbor Day Foundation
The National Arbor Day Foundation offers plantings for special occasions and in memory of loved ones in national forests, which have been destroyed by fire, disease, or insects. They are currently planting in an area of Targhee National Forest. For each $10 contribution, ten trees will be planted and the individual's name placed in the park registry. Their Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration programs plant lodgepole pine and Douglasfir trees in national forests which have been destroyed by fire, disease or insect. When you plant a tree in memory of a loved one, or to mark a special occasion, you contribute to a healthier environment and a brighter tomorrow for all creatures on Earth. A vibrant, beautiful tree benefits everyone in this and future generations and is perhaps the most fitting memorial of all. Planting a tree is an act of direct benefit to all. It can inspire energy, faith, devotion, and courage and carry forward the name of those memorialized in a living, vital way that grows grander with the yearsAs the trees grow and prosper, so does the meaning of your gift. Your trees will be silent sentinels, honorable monuments, and for decades to come, active participants in nature's plan.
OASIS: Open Accessible Space Information System
OASIS is a one-stop, interactive mapping resource to enhance the stewardship of open space for the benefit of all New York City residents. It is a community-based undertaking, local organizations design and test the first city wide, web-based, open space mapping resource for NYC. OASIS facilitates and focuses the delivery of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) resources to provide timely and accurate information about the green infrastructure of NYC.

Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.  PLT helps students learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think, about the environment. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad.  PLT materials bring the environment into the classroom and students into the environment. The program covers topics ranging from forests, wildlife, and water, to community planning, waste management and energy.

The TKF Foundation
The mission of the TKF Foundation is to create urban greenspace, sponsor public art, and champion urban agriculture with the goals of nurturing the human spirit and fostering a sense of community. TKF is dedicated to supporting "Open Spaces, Sacred Places"(R) and Community Greening in the Annapolis, Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas.

Commemorative Memorial Trees
Friends of Trees
In times of sorrow and in times of joy, you can give a gift of life -- a tree. Planting a tree is a meaningful way to remember and celebrate the lives of the people we love. It's an enduring gift for the future, and one that helps the environment. A gift of trees is suitable for memorials, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries or any life passage or achievement you want to celebrate or honor.  Through Friends of Trees, you can either have a tree planted in your yard or in the yard of the person you designate, or plant a tree or grove of trees during a special planting in an urban natural area.

Tribute Trees
Earth Share
Earth Share lead an effort to plant thousands of trees to create a living memorial honoring the victims of the September 11 attacks on America, and as a tribute to those who serve our country at home and abroad. The "Tribute Trees" initiative took place on Earth Day, April 22, 2002.  Earth Share donated enough trees to honor each of the victims of September 11. The trees were planted in a memorial site designated by American Forests, an Earth Share founding member that has protected trees and forests since 1875.  The program will coincide with a national campaign, headed by Earth Day Network, to devote Earth Day to promote the planting of trees around homes and neighborhoods as a way to save energy, clean the air and water, and protect wildlife. The memorial site will be chosen, in part, on the basis of where the trees are most needed for environmental restoration.
Trust for Public Lands
Land conservation is central to TPL's mission. Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land is the only national nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being. TPL helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.  TPL's legal and real estate specialists work with landowners, government agencies, and community groups to: create urban parks, gardens, greenways, and riverways; build livable communities by setting aside open space in the path of growth; conserve land for watershed protection, scenic beauty, and close-to-home recreation; safeguard the character of communities by preserving historic landmarks and landscapes.  TPL pioneers new ways to finance parks and open space; helps generate federal, state, and local conservation funding; and promotes the importance of public lands.