Green Burial on Conservation Land - Digging into the Details

Green Burial Photo

Photo courtesy of Foxfield Conservation Burial Ground, Wilmot, OH

NHLTC Annual Meeting and Winter Workshop
Thursday, February 15, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NH Audubon McClane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd, Concord, NH 03301

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NH Funeral Resources and Education - Conservation Burial - includes Lee Webster's presentation and many resources on the topic

Workshop Handout

When Dr. Billy and Kimberley Campbell formed Memorial Ecosystems to run the 75-acre Ramsey Creek Burial Preserve in 1996, it was the first of its kind natural cemetery in the US and first conservation burial ground in the world. Partnering with Upstate Forever was a key element in their vision to protect that land while offering burial as a means of connecting people to that land in a tangible and meaningful way.

Today there are more than 400 natural cemeteries in the US with many more around the world, and more than 20 with easements from land trust entities. Those relationships vary, as do the terms of the easements, but what they have in common, first and foremost, is a commitment to protecting land. Standards have been informed by conservation best practices and experts in soil and water ecology have conducted research instrumental in creating sustainable burial projects.

 In this workshop, we'll discuss how burials fit into the broader land conservation movement. We'll cover how they are managed, how land trust entities and nonprofit cemetery operations collaborate, and how to write (or rewrite) inclusive easements. Most importantly, we'll go over the shared language of conservation and how to talk with landowners who wish to bury on their property, whether with easements or proposed easements.

The workshop will be held in-person (with option for Zoom) at NH Audubon's McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Rd, Concord, NH). NHLTC events are free for current dues-paying NHLTC “Members or Partners”. Non “Members or Partners” pay $20 (or join as a member/partner for free registration). To pay, after registering for the event, please bring check or cash to the workshop or mail a check (made out to NHLTC) to: NHLTC, Green Burial Workshop, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301

Lee Webster, NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy, Conservation Burial Alliance, Green Burial Council
Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director, Kennebec Land Trust


8:30-9:00am   -   Registration & Networking
9:00-9:30am   -   NHLTC Annual Meeting
9:30-10:30am -   Presentations
10:30-11:00am - Break, Refreshments & Networking
11:00-12:00pm - Presentation & Discussion/Questions