For Immediate Release

Marty Orgel
Communications Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Cell: (415) 272-3353

Honor a High School or College Graduate by Planting a Tree in their Name

Olema, Calif. (May 10, 2016) – Looking for a memorable gift for high school or college graduates? Consider adopting a redwood tree to honor graduates with a unique, eco-friendly gift that will help fight climate change.

Turtle Island Restoration Network (SeaTurtles.Org), a Marin County-based environmental nonprofit, is inviting everyone to help plant these iconic trees through their 10,000 Redwoods Project ( The project is a local on-the-ground effort to fight climate change with the simple act of planting trees to sequester carbon. Our goal is to plant 10,000 redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Adopt a Redwood

Redwood adoptions can be made securely online at, and start for as little as $100.

All adoptions include:

  • a Certificate of Adoption,
  • the option to name the adopted tree,
  • a redwood seedling,
  • the GPS location of the tree when planted, and
  • a photo of the tree on our website.

Individuals also have the option of personally planting their tree, and others with Turtle Island at a planting restoration event in the winter.

Redwood Trees to Fight Climate Change

Redwood trees store more carbon per hectare than any other tree on Earth. In fact, a hectare of redwoods sequesters enough carbon to remove 95 passenger vehicles from the roads for a year.

Due to overharvesting, only five percent of the original old-growth coast redwood trees remain. Now, these iconic trees are listed as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This loss impacts critically endangered coho salmon and other wildlife.

The fact that redwoods are fast growing, massive, long-lived, rot resistant, easy to cultivate, and awe-inspiring, make them the ideal icon for action on climate change, and a wonderful gift to the planet and a graduate.

Visit to adopt a redwood today to adopt a tree in honor of a graduate, and learn more.


Turtle Island Restoration Network works to mobilize people and communities around the world to protect marine wildlife, the oceans and the inland waterways that sustain them. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and SeaTurtles.Org.