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Draft by Bob Rodger's staff for GilesIn a special places throughout the Lasting Forests there are memorial sites. These are places where people may scatter the ashes of loved ones or come to remember the departed. Small bronze plaques (with name and birth and death dates only) are inset deep into the rock. These are places for contemplation, for small memorial services, for remembrance. Around and in the area there are only native plants, not artificial or other flowers, no signs. It is a place that will meet the special needs and wishes of some people. Funeral services may be arranged. Some people will add a memorial plaque many years after the death of a friend or relative. Poems, bird lists, and plant lists will be available. The sites are like beauty spots, enhancing the general rural beauty of the region.

Pylons (suggested here, with other sketches below)for unique wildlife shelter may be placed in a second location. These are nesting sites for chimney swifts. Bronze memorial plaques are also placed on them and the nearby large rocks.

Studies on rock weathering and lichen will begin and the permanent markers of the site will be used in historical ecology studies planned for the future. Global-positioning satellite location technology will be used in a novel way.

Only peripherally related to the memorial sites, a program of wise giving toward future environments will be developed. Distressed over the "waste" and peculiar distribution of grants and bequests, a program is created for people who wish to contribute to an active, long-term program of planned research and development and education. The environmental needs are enormous. Taxes cannot stabilize such programs of study. Environmental topics often become controversial. It is almost impossible to achieve the educational centers of excellence, the research equipment, the practical approaches needed, the background and support that allow superior scientists and systems-oriented people to create useful systems for society. There is a need for a Jonas Saulk-like center for wildland research and development. Funds from memorials and bequeaths may be solicited to allow such an institute to be created and projects within it to flourish. Fees from the memorial sites themselves may assist.

Gifts, Awards, and Recognitions

Small grants and gifts to a person on retirement might be suggested. For example, a collection of $4,000 from friends and colleagues at a fiftieth birthday might go to producing a text summarizing knowledge about a variety of trout (assisting in The Fishery), or about a much-admired bird (Avi), or about some aspect of the white-tailed deer. Rather than citizens making general contributions into a "good cause", contributed funds may be used well and a person may be given a lasting honor with observable benefits to the environment and to society. Whole units of land may be accepted as gifts and made a vital part of the Lasting Forests. Administration within some foundations seems to utilize excessive amounts of working-funds from bequests and gifts. Perhaps a viable alternative can be created. Fees related to the sites are used for costs, marketing, and perpetual site maintenance and security.

Creation of or affiliation with a Foundation may allow land to be dedicated to easements and preservation in the name of certain people (with substantial tax advantages), either as honoraria or memorials. The Forests would logically mark and manage these dedicated areas into perpetuity. They would be protected by Security and Safety of System Central.

Special services in genealogy may be provided, perhaps with the WKB. Web sites provide abundant assistance and knowledge of them and how to use them may be a valuable service for some participants. The sites (listed by Jennifer Hillner in Wired, July 1999 and expanded by a Roanoke Times article Aug 9,2000 by Tim Thomas of the Baltimore Sun are,,,,,,,,,, (info on 100,000 graveyards), (6,500 email lists with potential help),, the 1835 Cherokeee Census Index at, Christine's Genealogy website at, and Caleb Johnson's Mayflower web pages at offers interesting possibilities for family web sites for celebrations and other events.

A great general reference source for almanacs, atlases, encyclopedias, etc.

There is a national Wildlife Biologist Memorial Page for those having died in the line of duty..

Wonderful rumors, tales, and short stories are likely to grow about these memorial places and the places will surely feature in some of the work of participants in the Writers' Camps.

See the Charitable Choices web site of the US Park Service.

(See also gift and memorial concepts under The Trevey.)

Estimated Development Costs.....$50,000

Estimated Annual Profits......$50,000

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