• 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.

Latest Stories

The Forest Summer Solstice Celebration gathering

Summer Beauty at The Forest

July 21, 2022
Summer is upon us! The ranch is abuzz with activity from weddings and summer camp to a solstice celebration and laying to rest beloveds. The Forests’ mission of providing a space to reconnect our experience of life and death with land conservation is alive in these activities and it is a delight to see all of the ways that the land is caring for us as we care for it.
meadow and forest with winter snow

Spring Greetings from The Forest

May 4, 2022
Up here at 5,000′, spring blooms come a little later than down in the valley. It’s a delight to enjoy two springs! We are grateful for the hope and energy that comes with this season. We honored the equinox with our community members by sharing poetry, silence, and our personal and collective seeds we are tending for the future.
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The Forest Conservation Burial Ground
658 Shale City Road
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 625-9697

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