Hal Helsley, who recently passed away, was a longtime resident of the Santa Monica Mountains who worked for decades to preserve its biological resources, scenic beauty, and rural lifestyle.
He served on the County of Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission for 12 years, and introduced many conditions that have become standard in oak tree permits. Because of his influence in establishing these requirements, it has been decided that a fitting tribute would be the creation of a memorial oak grove in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The oak grove will be planted at King Gillette Ranch, at the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. We hope this haven of peace in our busy world will offer visitors the chance to contemplate the beauty of this glorious landscape and nature so close to the city.
Your donations via this page will help us create a truly delightful and fitting tribute to someone whose commitment to the preservation of these mountains was a lifetime passion.
If you would like to make a donation in Hal’s memory towards paying for oak trees, please use the form to the right, or click this link for a less-congested full-page form. If you have any difficulty with our on-line form, you can write us at SAMO Fund, 401 W. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. If you want to send a donation using the mail, please write “Hal Helsley on the memo line of you check along with any words you want us to pass on to the Helsley Family.