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.

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?

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?

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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New Yorkers should be able to leave a legacy of conservation

With ten conservation memorial forests across the country, Better Place Forests offers a sustainable alternative to cemeteries for those who choose cremation. Families and individuals who want to leave a legacy of conservation can choose a memorial tree in a beautiful forest that will be protected and managed using forestry best practices for generations. This model provides critical funding for the acquisition, endowment, and protection of valuable forest habitat. These conservation memorials forests offer natural, affordable, and accessible end-of-life choices to families.

Unfortunately, spreading ashes on private forest land, like a conservation memorial forest, is not an option in New York due to regulations.

S6842 and A7848 create a new category of managed lands in New York. This legislation would allow for the operation of memorial lands facilities in the state. The legislation requires oversight from state regulators as well as a commitment that any memorial lands facility in New York not be developed.

About this legislation

Help expand end-of-life options and bring memorial forests to NY

Why do we need more
end-of-life options in
New York State?

For centuries, people had little choice about their final resting place. The majority chose burial and had few options outside of what was recommended at the local cemetery. Today, there are more diverse options available to suit a range of needs — but not for those living in New York.

Current traditional options, like those available to New Yorkers, can be very expensive and have a significant impact on the environment. More affordable options are available elsewhere in the United States, including those that help you leave a legacy of conservation by preserving natural habitat and green space.

Having greater choice in your end-of-life options benefits families, your community, and the environment. Tell your lawmakers that New Yorkers like you deserve to be able to choose the legacy you want.

S6842 and A7848  create a new category of managed lands in New York. This legislation would allow for the operation of memorial lands facilities in the state. The legislation requires oversight from state regulators as well as a commitment that any memorial lands facility in New York not be developed. 

Passage of this legislation will provide regulatory certainty for environmental stakeholders, communities in need of more end of life options, and those who wish to protect forests in New York.

About this legislation

Help expand end-of-life options and bring memorial forests to NY

Email your elected official

A forest oasis located in the iconic desert highlands, Better Place Forests Flagstaff is just one hour from the Grand Canyon and Sedona, and an easy drive from major cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Support legislation that gives New Yorkers more choices for their final resting place and lets them leave a legacy of conservation

New Yorkers should be able to leave a legacy of conservation

With ten conservation memorial forests across the country, Better Place Forests offers a sustainable alternative to cemeteries for those who choose cremation. Families and individuals who want to leave a legacy of conservation can choose a memorial tree in a beautiful forest that will be protected and managed using forestry best practices for generations. This model provides critical funding for the acquisition, endowment, and protection of valuable forest habitat. These conservation memorials forests offer natural, affordable, and accessible end-of-life choices to families.

Unfortunately, spreading ashes on private forest land, like a conservation memorial forest, is not an option in New York due to regulations.

Email your elected official

How to show your support

Send an email to your NY state legislators letting them know that New Yorkers want more choices to help conserve land and memorialize loved ones. Ask your friends and family in New York to do the same. Use the form to easily send a message and share on social media. The form is only available to New Yorkers using an in-state address.

Tell lawmakers that New Yorkers deserve greater choice in their end of life, including conservation memorial forests.

More about this legislationEmail your elected official

Passage of this legislation will provide regulatory certainty for environmental stakeholders, communities in need of more end of life options, and those who wish to protect forests in New York.

Support legislation that gives New Yorkers more choices for their final resting place and lets them leave a legacy of conservation

Email your elected official

Tell lawmakers that New Yorkers deserve greater choice in their end of life, including conservation memorial forests.

More about this legislation

How to show your support

Send an email to your NY state legislators letting them know that New Yorkers want more choices to help conserve land and memorialize loved ones. Ask your friends and family in New York to do the same. Use the form to easily send a message and share on social media. The form is only available to New Yorkers using an in-state address.

Email your elected official

It doesn’t have to be this way. Better Place Forests is supporting legislation in New York that would make options like conservation memorial forests available to those who want alternatives to traditional burial. These options, which are environmentally friendly and can be more affordable, are already available in neighboring states like Connecticut and Massachusetts.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Better Place Forests is supporting legislation in New York that would make options like conservation memorial forests available to those who want alternatives to traditional burial. These options, which are environmentally friendly and can be more affordable, are already available in neighboring states like Connecticut and Massachusetts.