• 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

spring ceremony at The Forest Conservation Burial Ground

Summer Solstice Celebration

Tuesday, June 21st

4PM Tour: RSVP required
5:30PM Celebration: No RSVP needed.
Followed by a BYO picnic dinner.

Join us to acknowledge the seasonal cycles of the land.

Follow directions on our website; navigation devices may be incorrect. We will follow all current COVID precautions and advisories.

Questions: Call 541-625-9697 or email sexton@theforestconservationburial.org

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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 road covered in snow

Winter Greetings from The Forest

January 14, 2022
Reveling in Winter Time We are so delighted that it’s truly winter here at the burial ground. We welcomed the changing seasons with poetry, reflections, and light in a small community gathering in the snow. Honoring nature and welcoming our community to come together for each seasonal transition is important to us, and we will […]
2022 Autumnal Equinox gathering at The Forest Conservation Burial Ground

Autumn Greetings from The Forest

November 2, 2021
Poetry, silence, laughter and connection with the trees: this is how we marked the arrival of autumn with a sweet gathering at The Forest. The shedding of the pine’s needles this time of year reminds us to consider what we might shed in our lives, and how this letting go might be the nourishment needed for what’s ahead.
The Forest

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The Forest Conservation Burial Ground
658 Shale City Road
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 625-9697