Foxfield Preserve’s burials go far beyond a simple, natural burial. Here, burial is also a conservation tool used to restore and protect natural areas, as well as a source of funding for ongoing conservation and nature education activities.
Restoration efforts are ongoing. Naturalists are working to restore 15 acres of native prairie grasses and wildflowers, with the remaining areas being actively reforested. Plot owners can take part in the restoration efforts by planting approved species on their plot. Land restoration is a long term project with long term goals, and changes are seen in decades, not months. In 25 years, we will have a young forest with plenty of small trees and herbaceous groundcover. In 80 years we will have a mature forest and in 200 years we will have a truly unique and diverse area with rolling meadows and towering trees.
Foxfield Preserve is located adjacent to The Wilderness Center’s headquarters. By working to restore Foxfield, we will enhance biodiversity at the Center by creating a larger “island” of natural land. The inclusion of Foxfield Preserve in TWC’s properties also created an additional protective ‘buffer’ around the adjacent Sigrist Woods, an Ohio National Landmark. This expansion of lands is part of TWC’s Sugar Creek Biodiversity Corridor project, a long-term goal of connecting our headquarters to Brewster Wetland, Lash’s Bog State Nature Preserve, Falcon Flats and Beach City Wildlife Area. It is truly a conservation vision.
Beyond the contribution to land conservation efforts, Foxfield also supports the educational mission of TWC. Proceeds from each sale at the Preserve benefit TWC, funding a multitude of free educational activities. It is not good enough to preserve land today. We must also prepare the next generation to inherit the earth…for inherit it they will.
Foxfield Preserve’s cemetery function will be overseen by The Wilderness Center to assure that it remains true to the nature preserve mission. Additionally, Wilderness Center conservation biologists and naturalists are working closely with the Green Burial Council to set industry standards across the country. We are working to ensure that these natural spaces will be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.