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Templeton Heritage Tree Foundation

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The unincorporated town of Templeton, CA has 8,000 residents but currently no protection for the heritage or legacy oak trees that have been here for centuries. There is a county oak ordinance which protects oak woodland, but for "stand-alone" oaks in the district, health and preservation is left to utility and public works departments which often do not treat the trees except to cut them away from power lines - often in lopsided and detrimental ways. 

Our ancient oaks have survived a lot and are now, after sustained drought, more than ever are in need of our careful assistance to remain strong and safe. Residents of Templeton have witnessed huge trees taken down before their time and would like to do more to respect these legacy trees that make our town beautiful. To do so, we would like to form a 501c3 organization which would collect funds to inventory the oldest trees, provide grants to residents wishing to assist the health of these ancients, and create better communication between the residents who live among the trees and the county departments who are "responsible" for them. The Templeton Heritage Tree Foundation will be a community grassroots organization created for the protection, preservation, and preventive healthcare for legacy and heritage oaks in the greater Templeton area.

Creating a 501c3 on LegalZoom costs $800. We are asking interested parties to launch our organization with these preliminary funds so we can obtain an EIN and offer tax deductions for all future donations.  Your support will mean so much to the people who live among these trees in Templeton proper, as well as the future generations who deserve a chance to know these centuries-old trees. 

We humbly ask for your financial support in this project and are truly grateful for your help.


Kelly Reed Daulton
Templeton, CA

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