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The three main objectives of the Daughters of the American Revolution are historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor. The Redwood Forest Chapter DAR has participated in historic preservation in many ways during its long history. More of those objectives that Redwood Forest has met are as follows.

One way is by the placement of  several markers on the stretch of the highway known as the Avenue of the Giants. Another way  is by its activism in preserving the Avenue of the Giants.  After a bill was passed by the California State Legislature to put money aside to preserve the Avenue of the Giants, certain lawmakers began a campaign to reverse the legislature's decision and use the funds elsewhere. However, the ladies of the Redwood Forest Chapter began a letter writing campaign to their legislators insisting that the monies be used a originally intended.

The chapter has also placed several markers in Jedediah Smith State Park, which is located just north of Crescent City in Del Norte County, close to the Oregon border.

Another marker has been placed by the chapter marking the "Indian Treaty Tree" at Korbel. This tree, which was noted as being leafless and not particularly beautiful, marked the boundry lines between the coastal and mountain tribes of Native American located in this area.  It is said that those traveling the trail tied evergreen twigs to the tree to mark the peace between the tribes.

 

 

The Redwood Forest Chapter contributes to the promotion of education by supporting DAR Good Citizens. DAR Good Citizens Awards are presented to high school seniors who have shown that they excel in dependability, service to others, leadership and patriotism.  Each award recipient is given a medal and a small cash donation. Other awards are given to grades five, six, seven and eight for the American History Essay Contest. Every year a theme is assigned for the essays and students from different schools in the area are given a chance to submit their best work. A special meeting is held to honor these young people where they are presented with an award certificate and a medal followed by a small reception. Please visit our Contests and Awards page for more information. 

 

An example of the chapter's efforts in conservation is that the chapter assisted in helping the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution by contributing to a nationwide effort to plant trees on honor of George Washington's 200th birthday celebration. The most notable contribution towards conservation is the chapter's efforts in the preservation of Azalea Park. For more information see the Chapter Activities and Project page.

 

The Redwood Forest Chapter also supports the State Regent's Project for the 2012-2014 term. The current state regent is supporting honey bee research, enhancing honey bee environments. Funds are to be donated to the University of California at Davis's Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Pollination is a core area of research at the UC Davis Bee Biology Lab. Ongoing projects focus on the pollination of crops and native plants in managed and wild ecosystems. Over 130 commercially vital food crops, flowers and other ornamentals require pollination by bees to produce fruit and multiply. California is the world's fifth largest supplier of food and agriculture commodities.