What goes into creating conservation burial grounds?
Your local land trust is a good place to start to learn more about conservation principles. For more about how conservation burial ground operators interact with land trusts, consider hiring a consultant for initial advice, and be sure to check in with the any of following organizations, offices and agencies:
Relationship building is essential to the success of conservation burial projects because every one of them will become part of the fabric of your community. Seek out people in your community who can assist in making change, such as:
Conservation land trusts have developed proven principles for acquisition and management of intrinsically valuable lands.
Conservation burial as a land conservation strategy relies on those same principles, and partnering with responsible land trusts ensures future access for the families involved, and the assurance that their loved ones' resting place will remain cared for according to best practices.
Reliable funding to support the acquisition, maintenance, and future of protected land and burial grounds on them is essential. Locate invested donors and volunteers but keep your eye on the prize: building community around an idea that benefits everyone.
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The Green Burial Council, formed in 2005, is both the only green burial cemetery certifying entity in the world and a robust group of educators and advocates who seek to encourage death care practices that are environmentally safe and sustainable. Learn more about green burials in the US and Canada, including conservation burial grounds. www.greenburialcouncil.org
The Land Trust Alliance is "the voice of the land trust community." The LTA's recommended standards and practices are the foundations for all conservation burial practices. Learn more about conservation principles and how they work to ensure permanent land protection. www.landtrustalliance.org
There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.
— Theodore Roosevelt