Oregon State Capitol Moon Tree
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) located in Wilson Park at the
State Capitol Building
in Salem, Oregon. The tree is located about 460 feet to the right
(West-Northwest) of the main front entrance to the Capitol Building,
near the state flag display.
The tree was planted on Arbor Day, 30 April 1976 by Stuart Roosa, joined by Oregon Governor Bob Straub,
Deputy State Forester Frank Sargent, and Bob Perkins,
as part of the Bicentennial celebration.
The tree has been designated as an Oregon Heritage Tree. A
was held on 11 April 2003, including installation of a new sign. (The original sign is shown directly below.)
The tree is currently not doing well due to crowding by other nearby trees. A plan to remove some trees
and prune others is being considered. The pictures above were taken in 2013. Lower tree pictures are from 2002.
The seeds for the Douglas firs that were taken on Apollo 14 were collected in Benton County, Oregon,
and El Dorado County, California and sent to the U.S. Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics (IFG)
western station in Placerville, California. Unfortunately the seeds were
mixed after the flight, so it is impossible to tell for any of the
Douglas firs which lot they came from. The seedlings were grown in Placerville
and sent to the Oregon State Forestry Department in early 1976.
More detail on the
history of the Douglas fir Moon Trees
The tree is located at 44 deg 56.351 min N, 123 deg 01.901 min W.
A statue was commissioned by the Oregon Percent for Art in Public Places Program.
Created by Bruce Conkle, the statue was installed at the Oregon Department of transportation
headquarters in Salem in the summer of 2013, and features the Apollo 14 Saturn 5 and a Douglas fir Moon Tree.
2002 letter from Robert Perkins on the tree planting ceremony.
Photographs at top courtesy of Erica Botkin.
Three photos at center courtesy of Robert Barton.
Two photos at bottom left courtesy of Marne Lucas.
Photo at bottom right courtesy Beth Gordon
Moon Trees - Bandon Western World, 31 March 2003
Oregon Moon Tree Pages - Created by Becky Soules (Courtesy of the Wayback Machine)
Salem Moon Tree - Portland State University History Dept., 30 April 2017
Apollo 14 Moon Trees - Highway 199
History of the Moon Tree Douglas Firs
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