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The Conservation Burial Alliance

In the past we have been asked why operating a conservation burial ground aligns with the mission of The Wilderness Center. Sure, natural burial conserves many of the non-renewable natural resources that are used during conventional burial methods. And TWC is an organization committed to educating our community about our natural world and the impact we have upon it. While these aspects of natural burial do serve some of the tenets of our mission, there is more to it than that.

At Foxfield Preserve, we take the spirit and benefits of natural burial a step further by working in conjunction with an established land trust organization (TWC) to hold a conservation easement or deed restriction on the cemetery property. Through this partnership, a conservation burial ground can guarantee long-term stewardship of the land, as well as receiving guidance on operations and restoration designated for conservation.  Foxfield is recognized by the Green Burial Council as one of only 9 conservation burial grounds in the U.S.

In 2018, we joined together with representatives from those other conservation burial grounds located across the country, along with a handful of partners, in founding the Conservation Burial Alliance. By combining our knowledge and efforts, we hope to encourage, advocate and educate others to this meaningful approach to land conservation and end-of-life disposition.

Learn more about these organizations and our shared work at