A dear friend of mine, Mrs. Meri Jaye, is hoping to have her redwood tree be given landmark status.

Ron Henggeler

Mrs. Jaye lives in San Francisco near the top of Lombard Street, the "Crookedest Street in the World". She has lived there for most of her life. 54 years ago she planted a redwood tree in honor and in memory of her husband and two young boys who died in a airplane crash. The tree is now 97 ft tall, and is 24 ft round at the base.

 A few of Mrs. Jaye's influential neighbors who live across from her, have formed a coalition, and are hoping to one day cut down the tree to improve their views, as soon as Mrs. Jaye is gone. 


Mrs. Meri Jaye is one of the most remarkable people I have ever known. I met her 20 or more years ago at the Big 4 Restaurant where I work on Nob Hill in San Francisco. From the moment we met, we were kindred spirits. Mrs. Jaye was a designer and builder of ships. She launched nearly two dozen ocean going vessels during her career. In the past few years, she has bequeathed priceless rare books to the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, a painting by Marc Chagall to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two large commissioned wall sculptures "The Door" and "The Brotherhood of Man" to Grace Cathedral, and her beloved Mother's Faberge jewelry to the Legion of Honor Museum. But now, this beautiful redwood tree means the most to her. She is hoping that by having this healthy, stately, majestic tree designated a landmark, it and all the life that interact with it, will be her most lasting legacy along with her husband and sons. By having landmark status, the neighbors will not be able to cut it down to improve their window view when she is gone.

Please watch this one minute long video about the 97 ft tall redwood tree.



To learn more about the tree, go to the web site:

Help Landmark This Redwood



 Please take the less than one minute to sign this on-line petition to have the tree be given landmark status. We only need about 250 more signatures. There's no catch, there's no money involved. By signing this simple petition, we hope to save this majestic redwood tree in San Francisco from being cut down.  


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