Conservation Pet Cemetery
The Conservation Pet Cemetery's mission is to provide serene and natural burial space to reunite animal members of our families with the earth.
Owners Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt are dedicated to the conservation of a 445-acre gem located at 5000’ elevation within southern Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Ashland. Since 1985, they have focused on restoring balanced working forests and wetlands, and improving wildlife habitat. The owners are committed to land conservation, restoration and regenerative organic agriculture.
The Conservation Pet Cemetery joins Oregon’s first dedicated natural burial ground for humans, The Forest Conservation Burial Ground, which opened on the ranch in June of 2020. In this serene setting of mature conifers, oaks and native grasses, your family can celebrate the life of a lost or deceased pet. Our pets provide companionship and unconditional love; this bond continues after their death. At the Conservation Pet Cemetery, the natural burial of companion animals or cremated remains returns these beloved family members to the earth in simplicity and dignity. The paths and benches of the 4-acre cemetery invite visits, contemplation, strolling and picnics.
Pets’ bodies can be interred in simple wooden or cardboard boxes or cloth shrouds. Cremated remains can be buried in biodegradable urns, or directly into the earth. Areas are set aside for scattering cremated remains among volcanic rock outcroppings. Simple markers of stone native to the site can be engraved and placed on graves, or a plaque honoring your pet can be added to our memorial stone walls.
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