The accompanying cedar sign is posted on a tree at our Owl's Nest. It lists the names of our beloved tree neighbors to guide our grandchildren and other visitors on a Tour of Trees.
The trees that live on our small recreational property in Sanpete County, Utah, are mostly Juniper with some Gambel Oak and various Pine trees among them. There are approximately 90 of these and we know each one. Each feature of our family retreat was created around a distinct tree or group of trees. These are extra special to us. Here are their names and functions.
Thank you, faithful trees, for the green and colorful character you add to our property…the stability your roots provide the soil beneath you…the canopy of shade you offer us…the firewood your dead branches represent under carefully prescribed conditions…fallen leafy needles that provide a soft and waterproof carpet beneath our feet…oxygen you breath forth each night. And, special thanks to The Mother Tree for holding our “Owl’s Perch” (now "Pirates Roost") aloft among your four perfectly placed branches so our children can play and pretend as they survey our beautiful valley and the nearby mountains. --Darby Checketts
More About Tree Planting and Tree Memorials: Not only do we pay tribute to trees... We must plant them ourselves to keep our environment beautiful and life-sustaining. Plant trees in your yard. Encourage local parks to add more trees. Trees offer a profound way to remember and pay tribute to those we love. We planted trees in our backyard to represent each of our children.. Three cherished grandchildren have died, but their spiritual presence still blesses us. We dedicated three trees at our "Owl's Nest" to honor PJ, Elaine, and Michael.
A Take-Away: Please enjoy our comparison of a tree leaf to a computer chip (below). This is a good "take it to school" conversation starter. Tell your schoolmates you found it at our website.
Tree Gifts to Humanity and Forest Friends. Print the 4-page PDF, hang page two on the fridge, and study "the gifts" together. Read more in Darby's new book, Forest is the Tree Word for Family.
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Our Motto: As the sweet forest wind sweeps across our homeland, may we love our nation and our neighbors.
Slogan: "Forest Is the Tree Word for Family."
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