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By Seth Nicholas Stephens
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About this project

I'm so excited about this!

Here's the idea: We're going to populate the world with Self Owning Trees! ... Yes!

This is magical!

Okay, There's a tree in Athens, Georgia known as the Tree That Owns Itself. It's a big old white oak tree that was deeded to itself by a genius man by the name of Colonel William Henry Jackson. This transaction took place between 1820 and 1832.

The city of Athens, Georgia recognizes the tree's self ownership and it is widely accepted as being, more than likely, the world's only self owning tree.

It's in the National Register of Historic Places (1975) and an Athens Historical Landmark (1988).

One more tid bit. The tree is actually the Son of The Tree That Owns Itself. The original tree fell in 1942 and a new tree was grown from one of its acorns and planted in the same location. So this tree has the capacity to birth scions of self owning trees! Isn't that amazing!?

So that leads us to the most exciting part of this project.

The Tree That Owns Itself is more than just a tree, it's an idea. And ideas are powerful. Not only do we have the capacity to spread self owning trees around the country, but we also have the capacity to spread the idea that nature can own itself! A tree is an entity. A living thing with intrinsic value!

*music in celebration!*

Would you like to help spread this idea and plant self owning trees around the country and the world?

Here's how you can help. We need to raise funds to help harvest and prepare the seeds. We need to raise funds to help promote the idea. That is, build a website, contact local media outlets in communities large and small, and meet with people who can help make this happen on a municipal level. We also need funds to help deliver and plant the self owning trees.

Each tree will have a certificate of authenticity. And one of the criteria of planting a self owning tree is that, just like the original in Athens, Georgia, the surrounding 8 feet of land must be dedicated to the scion that will grow to be a great white oak with self ownership!

We have to meet the goal to get any funding. If we are a dollar short of the goal, then there will be no charge to your card. If we meet the goal, then we will populate the world with self owning White Oak Trees!

Our sites are set on prominent locations like, New York City's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, etc.

Athens, Georgia has set the precedent. Getting even one municipality to deed the surrounding 8 feet of land to A Son Of The Tree That Owns Itself will be a success! Land owners will be encouraged to do the same.

You can read more about the tree at wikipedia.org. Just search for The Tree That Owns Itself!

FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION
OF THE GREAT LOVE I BEAR
THIS TREE AND THE GREAT DESIRE
I HAVE FOR ITS PROTECTION
FOR ALL TIME, I CONVEY ENTIRE
POSSESSION OF ITSELF AND
ALL LAND WITHIN EIGHT FEET
OF THE TREE ON ALL SIDES
-WILLIAM H. JACKSON

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THE TREE THAT OWNS ITSELF
Quercus alba
Deeded to itself by Col. William H. Jackson
circa 1832
This scion of the original tree was planted by
the Junior Ladies Garden Club in 1946
National Register of Historic Places 1975
Athens Historical Landmark 1988

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    A twelve dollar pledge gets you one of the above (optional) plus: Your name and link to your personal web address (if you have one) on the new (to be built!) Tree That Owns Itself web site!
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