Dr. Lanita Witt and Suzanne Willow at Willow-Witt Ranch
December 15, 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform of you of Dr. Lanita Witt’s death this morning with her loving wife, Suzanne, by her side. The outpouring of love from all of you yesterday will carry her safely on this last journey. She was a force of love, caring, and good in this world and will be sorely missed.

  • The ranch will be closed to public visitors unless prior arrangements have been made until January 1st.
  • The The Forest Conservation Burial Ground of Southern Oregon remains open dawn to dusk for visitors.
  • A public memorial will be held on the summer solstice. Dates and more info to come.

Thank you for your love and support,
The team at Willow-Witt Ranch

Read the December 24th Mail Tribune article "Remembering the full life of Dr. Lanita Witt" written by Morgan Rothborne.

  • prepared grave site by meadow

    An Oregon dedicated natural burial ground

  • aerial view of Willow-Witt Ranch in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

    Located within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon

  • natural burial mound planted with flowers

    Offering burial in reciprocity with the living landscape

  • first snow on green burial site

    Reinforcing the vital connection between people and the natural world

  • natural burial site with first snow

    Preserving a unique ecosystem through intentional stewardship in perpetuity

  • The Forest fall colors

    Caring for a unique ecosystem through conservation, regeneration, and education

The Forest Conservation Burial Ground provides a space to reconnect our experience of life and death with land conservation.

We acknowledge that the Shasta, Upland Takelma, Latgawa and Athabaskan peoples stewarded these lands for millennia. We also acknowledge the intergenerational trauma caused by their forcible removal from their ancestral lands. The people whose ancestors lived on this land are now citizens of The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, or The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

What is Natural or Green Burial?

Natural or green burial is a return to simple, non-toxic burials designed to support the reunion of human bodies with nature.

Where is The Forest Conservation Burial Ground?

We are located within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon, just outside of the city of Ashland.

What is Forest Pet Cemetery?

Natural burial of companion animals or cremated remains returns these beloved family members to the earth in simplicity and dignity. 

A Few Things That Make The Forest Special:

  • The Forest supports funeral services and ceremonies that are intimate and personalized.

  • Family and friends are invited to be active participants, not solely attendees. 

  • People of all faiths, identities, and walks of life come together in shared honoring of the experiences we hold together, and shared reverence for the space that holds us.

  • The dedicated natural burial grounds are meant to be shared with the living.

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Spring Greetings from The Forest

April 10, 2023
Yes, this is spring at The Forest this year! We are grateful for the beautiful snow blanket covering the land. The snowy weather and winter road conditions led us to cancel our Spring Equinox Tour and Celebration. We hope that you found ways to celebrate spring that connected you to this transitional time.
Dr. Lanita Witt

Grief and Gratitude

January 26, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Lanita Witt on December 15, 2022 with her loving wife, Suzanne, by her side. Lanita often introduced herself as, “the Witt of Willow-Witt Ranch.”
The Forest
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