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*2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Trees* This category is devoted to documenting specific trees grown from seeds that traveled to the moon and back during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
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Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in small containers in Roosa's personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as "Moon Trees", the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States (often as part of the nation's bicentennial in 1976) and the world. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo space program. The former Siskiyou Smokejumper Base south of Cave Junction, Oregon and the smokejumping experiences that inspired Stuart Roosa to carry tree seeds to the moon is why many consider the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base to be the home of the moon trees (sadly, Stuart Roosa passed away in December, 1994).

Go to this page for a list of known Moon Trees: Moon Trees
or Second Generation Moon Trees

Here is a blog site devoted to Moon Trees with a map of trees around the country: Making of a Moon Tree Map (two Moon Trees exist in South America and two 2nd generation Moon Tree exist in Europe)

Today, most of the Moon Trees planted continue to flourish as living monuments to our first visits to the moon and a fitting memorial to Stuart Roosa. Known locations of many Moon Trees are listed in the web links above, but no official list was ever kept nor any systematic tracking made of the disposition of all the trees.

The main goal of this category is to have as many Moon Trees visited as possible and possibly locate unknown Moon Trees. If you happen to find and log an unlisted/undocumented Moon Tree, you must provide proof it is a Moon Tree (nearby plaque, website article, etc.)

Instructions for Posting a Moon Trees Waymark:
Include the tree's coordinates AND post a picture of the entire tree (additional photos of any nearby plaque designating the Moon Tree and other tree angles are highly encouraged). Each tree can only be waymarked once. Second generation (offspring) trees also count, but please identify it as such in the waymark title and description.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Subsequent visits (with photos) are encouraged, and should be listed as a 'log'.
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A 2nd generation Moon Sycamore was planted on 26 August 2009 as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the Wyoming police.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: Michigan

date approved: 7/15/2017

last visited: 9/24/2019

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