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.

Currently offering no-cost burials for pets lost in the Almeda Fire.

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meadow wildflowersWillow-Witt Ranch

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 oaks and conifers, beautiful grasses, winding trails, and volcanic rocks, 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. We have planned stone walls where owners can memorialize their pets with a bronze plaque.

Small animals will be buried in 2.5' square plots, larger pets in 5' square plots.  Each whole body pet burial will include a small survey marker with the pet’s name and date of interment.

We ask that your pet be wrapped in a biodegradable cloth shroud; this could be a towel, a tablecloth, sheet, or perhaps part of their favorite pillow.  Small cardboard boxes may also be used.  If a wooden casket is used, there will be an additional fee as the grave will need to be larger.

Willow-Witt Ranch, home of The Forest Natural Burial Ground - aerial view
The Conservation Pet Cemetery is situated on 4 acres of the 445-acre Willow-Witt Ranch, a private in-holding within the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon's high country, 30 minutes from Ashland

Rules and Regulations

Download a PDF of The Conservation Pet Cemetery Rules and Regulations.

Price List


Cats & Dogs  <25# $275 
Dogs 26-50# $325
Dogs 51-75# $375
Dogs 76-100# $425
Dogs 101-120# $475
No marker   $100
With marker   $175
Scattering of cremated pet remains   $100

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Willow-Witt Ranch is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of a unique ecosystem in the Southern Cascades, and the headwaters, wetlands, and forests that arise there. We provide education on the values of ecology and of the complex web of food and environment by operating a small certified organic farm and Farm Stay accommodations.
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Willow-Witt Ranch

658 Shale City Road
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 890-1998
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