Memorial shrine at the Flight 93 crash site, Shanksville, PA; New York City skyline; Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY
This toolbox is created to be a first stop on the web for information related to living memorials. It combines the expertise of the Forest Service and consultants in the fields of landscape design, placemaking, ethnobotany, and social science, with the examples and lessons learned from our Living Memorial partner projects. It is organized around the principles of People, Plants, Plan and Place, in the belief that all of these elements are vital to the creation and continued thriving of a living memorial. In addition, the Power section offers a resource list for further research and there is an opportunity for you to add your voice in the Pool section.

The people section provides information on group building, stewardship, and the relationship between people and trees. A few narratives of Living Memorials Project stewards are highlighted.

The plant section includes the Healing Trees project--an introduction to the healing, symbolic, and structural uses of five different trees--provided by ethnobotanist Anne Wiesen, and Forest Service tips on how to plant successfully.

The plan section contains design guidelines from starting points to maintenance, provided by David Kamp of Dirtworks, Inc. and Wiesen. Kamp's design considerations to five living memorial project partners are found here, demonstrating his theory in practice.

Urban Interface worked with the LMP team to create an interactive map of all of the memorials in the National Registry. Visit the map and view memorials that were created across the United States from 2001-2004.

Knowledge is power. Find resources consulted or recommended by the Living Memorials Project team here. Also visit the links section for more web-based materials.

Thank you to all of the project partners and the contributors on the Living Memorials Project team.