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A more beautiful resting place

Continue the cycle of life when your ashes are mixed with soil and returned to the base of your tree.

A personal memorial ceremony

Your forest steward will help shape a memorial ceremony that reflects your unique personality.

A legacy of protected landscapes

Your memorial helps conserve open spaces and reforest America.

What is the Memorial Trees for Heroes program?

Their “Memorial Trees for Heroes” initiative gives frontline heroes a serene resting place, a personalized memorial service and a legacy of conservation. The company is first offering memorial trees from its protected coastal Mendocino County forest, where families of fallen frontline workers across the country may enroll to reserve a tree. The Memorial Trees for Heroes initiative provides up to $1 million worth of memorial trees to healthcare providers, caregivers and first responder professionals who gave their lives in the fight against COVID-19 at no cost.

The offer aims to give frontline heroes the legacy reflective of the brave sacrifice they’ve made and to help provide some solace for grieving families and loved ones. Funeral and memorial planning can be an incredibly stressful and expensive endeavor. The average traditional burial costs around $8,755, and we hope to ease the burden and cost of planning a memorial for your hero.

It’s our small way of saying thank you for your hero’s incredible service to our country.

What is Better Place Forests?

Better Place Forests offers private memorial trees in a protected conservation memorial forest. Ashes are mixed with soil and returned to the base of the tree during a personalized memorial ceremony, where a customized bronze memorial marker is placed. To learn more about the process, click here. Memorial trees offer frontline heroes a peaceful resting place, a personalized memorial service and a legacy of conservation.

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Our serene coastal California forest features stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Point Arena, California

Where are the memorial trees located?

We’ll begin by offering trees to frontline heroes in our coastal California forest in Mendocino county. 

To serve areas most impacted by COVID-19, we are seeking to expand to heavily impacted states like New York.

We want to help covid19 impacted areas

FAQs

Can I apply if I don’t live in California?

Yes the Memorial Trees for Heroes is for healthcare providers, caregivers, and first response professionals across America. 

The timeline for memorial services in Point Arena is subject to shelter-in-place guidelines for the State of California, Mendocino County, and Better Place Forests. As soon as we are able, we will open the forest to visitors and begin scheduling Memorial Ceremonies. We are happy to begin the planning process with you in advance of opening the forest.

When will a ceremony take place?

Better Place Forests purchases beautiful forest land and conserves it for future generations. We offer private memorial trees in a protected memorial conservation forest. Ashes are mixed with soil and returned to the base of the tree during a personalized memorial ceremony. A customized bronze memorial marker is placed at the tree marking the location. 

How does Better Place Forests work?

We would be happy to put you in touch with an Advisor who can tell you more about purchasing a memorial tree.

What if I don’t qualify but am interested in a memorial tree with Better Place Forests?

We are reviewing applications as quickly as possible and will aim to reach out to you within 48 hours of your submission. For those who qualify, we’ll answer any questions you have and discuss the details of selecting a memorial tree for your hero.

When and how will I be contacted?

We will need a death certificate and verification of your hero’s occupation and place of employment. The customer care team will review documentation requirements with you in detail on their call.

What documentation do you require?

“In a time when conservation is becoming increasingly urgent, it’s rather poetic to protect a tree with your remains, secure in the knowledge that more are being planted in your honor.”

“As opposed to going to a cemetery and going back each year to grieve the loss of a loved one…going to a forest and being in that peaceful place, I think that’s a great idea.”

“It’s good for the environment, the location is more beautiful than a traditional graveyard, and it’s cheaper as well.”

If you have land you would like to dedicate to the program, we’d love to be in touch. Fill out this form and a member of our real estate team will reach out.

Do you own forestland you’d like to dedicate to frontline heroes?

How it works

Our mission is to inspire everyone to leave a meaningful legacy for the planet and the people they love. We support families in their end of life arrangements while conserving and protecting natural areas.

Leave a legacy of trees

Your ashes are placed beneath a private tree in a peaceful, protected forest where your loved ones can visit and remember you. Your memorial also helps conserve open spaces and reforest America through our partnership with nonprofit One Tree Planted.

Enjoy gorgeous vistas from our ridgetop property just 30 minutes from Williamstown and 2.5 hours from Boston.

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Bringing Better Place Forests to the Berkshires

Coming this spring – a beautiful 200-acre forest in Berkshire County located just 15 minutes from North Adams, 30 minutes from Williamstown and an easy day trip from New York City and Boston.

This stunning ridgetop top property features impressive views extending from the nearby Berkshires all the way north to the Green Mountains in Vermont. Sweeping meadows at the base of the ridge celebrate the Berkshires’ quintessential pastoral charm and offer views of impressive fall foliage in all directions. Choose from a variety of tree species including red maple, sugar maple, red spruce, eastern hemlock and yellow birch.

We couldn’t be more excited to help preserve this impressive slice of the Berkshires and offer families a peaceful sanctuary to reflect and remember their loved ones.

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I love the idea that Better Place Forests will help protect this property and its natural beauty for generations to come. Litchfield Hills is known for its lush greenery and iconic, open spaces, and I’m inspired knowing that this forest will offer such a peaceful way for the families and friends of our community to memorialize one’s life.


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FAQs

How is Better Place Forests supporting the local community?

We focus on building strong relationships in the community and supporting local organizations. We also intend to hire forest stewards, arborists, and memorial ceremony team members locally.

Where is Better Place Forests Berkshires located?

Better Place Forests Berkshires is located in a beautiful 200-acre forest in the Northern Berkshires located just 15 minutes from North Adams, 30 mins from Williamstown and an easy day trip from New York City and Boston.

This stunning ridgetop top property features impressive views extending from the nearby Berkshires all the way north to the Green Mountains in Vermont. Sweeping meadows at the base of the ridge celebrate the Berkshires’ quintessential pastoral charm and offer views of impressive fall foliage in all directions.

You can choose from a variety of tree species including red maple, sugar maple, red spruce, eastern hemlock and yellow birch. This forest will even have some syrup-producing maples that are over 200 years old!

What tree species are in the forest?

When will Better Place Forests Berkshires be open for in-person tours?

We will be open temporarily for tours in June and September 2021, with priority access given to customers who have already purchased their memorial tree.

How much does a memorial tree cost?

Pricing starts at $4,900, and is based on several factors, including: location, setting (views, water features, etc.), tree type and size, and the number of spreading rights. The average burial, plot, and headstone costs around $15,000 per person. We offer a range of prices for any budget — at less than half the cost of a traditional burial.

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“The idea is to move away from a traditional cemetery and go back to nature. A 200-acre plot of land in Williamstown now has new meaning. It will become the final resting place for many people.”