Since 2006, LANDMATTERS has researched and explored models of green burial, conservation burial grounds, and natural cemeteries with an appreciation for the design of a conservation project that preserves a region’s rural character, ensures healthy wildlife corridors, protects important stream corridors, and ultimately, provides the community an enduring place of rest and regeneration.
Our consulting work specific to conservation burial grounds is called Grounded. Land trusts own land and understand the potential for certain properties to help support the organization’s mission through complementary revenue generating uses. Conservation burial grounds can develop revenue to support land trust operations, stewardship of land and the acquisition of additional conservation lands.
Grounded can support a land trust's development of a conservation burial ground project while not drifting from its own mission orientation.
If you, or a land trust you know, is interested in working on green burial and conservation burial projects, we can help with:
Site evaluations and feasibility studies
Land acquisition and fundraising strategies
Implementation strategies for green burial and/or conservation burial projects
Design guidelines and standards for conservation burial grounds
Best practices that emphasize a property's indigenous features
Budgetary considerations for conservation burial grounds management
Facilitation of conversations among land trust staff, board members and community members