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Exchanging gifts: Natural burial is a conservation strategy

Posted June 30, 2023
Saving Land, Summer 2023, Land Trust Alliance
Lee Webster
A casket made of wood with a bouquet of flowers on it, next to a pile of dirt with shovels in it
About This Saving Land

Conservation burial was pioneered by Kimberley and Billy Campbell, who opened Ramsey Creek Preserve, the first green cemetery in the U.S., on land protected with a conservation easement by Upstate Forever in South Carolina in 1997. Since then, numerous land trusts have partnered on natural burial initiatives to preserve and restore lands and celebrate life in a meaningful and lasting way.

Lee Webster is a funeral reform advocate, educator, writer, former president of the Green Burial Council and co-founder of the Conservation Burial Alliance. She writes from the foothills of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.