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Elmer in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Moon Tree

Planted in April 1976

 
 
Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
June 28, 2019
1. Moon Tree Marker
Inscription.  
This "Moon Tree” is a Loblolly Pine grown from a seed that, in January 1971 was carried to the Moon and brought back to Earth by Major Stuart Roosa, command module pilot for Apollo XIV and a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper. Roosa's effort to honor the Forest Service stands today as living tribute.

This seed was one of many taken aboard Apollo to study the effects of prolonged weightlessness on seed germination and seedling growth. The Loblolly Pine tree to the right of the Moon Tree was planted from a seed from the same cone but not sent to the Moon.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceHorticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list.
 
Location. 31° 10.719′ N, 92° 40.623′ W. Marker is in Elmer, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Turnage Road south of Twin Bridges Road (State Highway 488), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elmer LA 71424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies

Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
June 28, 2019
2. Moon Tree Marker
. Camp Packard - Company 1446 (approx. 4.6 miles away); Camp Claiborne (approx. 10.9 miles away); Camp Claiborne, LA (approx. 11.7 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Claiborne (approx. 11.8 miles away); England Air Force Base History (approx. 13.4 miles away); North American F-86 Sabre (approx. 13.4 miles away); England AFB Heritage Park (approx. 13.4 miles away); LTV Aerospace Vought A-7D Corsair II (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Located at the Palustris Experimental Station (Southern Research Station) in the Kisatche National Forest.
 
Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
June 28, 2019
3. Moon Tree Marker
Tree on left is Moon Tree, right is control planting.
Palustris Experimental Forest sign. image. Click for full size.
June 28, 2019
4. Palustris Experimental Forest sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2019.
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