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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?

When you come to this forest you leave here feeling better. You leave here feeling healed and nurtured and hopeful.

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?

When you purchase a memorial tree you...

A final resting place worth talking about

Our customers choose Better Place Forests for deeply personal reasons: our stunning locations, a more personal memorial option or a beautiful place for loved ones to reflect. Many also comment on our caring team that is there every step of the way. Hear more straight from our customers.

Return to the earth the natural way

Better Place Forests offers a natural alternative to cemeteries.

Your ashes are placed beneath a private tree in a peaceful forest where your loved ones can visit and remember you.

Call us anytime at 877-830-8311

How it works

01

Enjoy a guided tour through one of our forests and find your one-of-a-kind memorial tree. 

Choose your tree

02

Your purchase helps protect this rich ecosystem and contributes to reforestation across America.

Protect forestland

03

Your memorial tree gives you special access to the forest. Visit, hike, picnic, and see your tree grow over the years.

Enjoy your forest

04

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming part of the life of the forest.

Return to earth

Option 2

Offering a beautiful alternative to cemeteries in California’s most iconic locations.

Nobody wants to plan for their end of life but, eventually, someone will have to make those decisions. When you choose to plan ahead with Better Place Forests you’re giving a gift that keeps giving: peace of mind for you and your family, and protection of California’s wild spaces.

How it works

01

Enjoy a guided tour through one of our forests and find your own one-of-a-kind memorial tree.

Choose your tree

02

Your purchase helps protect this rich ecosystem and contribute to reforestation across America.

Protect forestland

03

Your memorial tree gives you special access to the forest. Visit, hike, picnic, and see your tree grow over the years.

Enjoy your forest

04

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming part of the life of the forest.

Return to the earth

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.

Choose a resting place that continues your connection with nature

Establish a place for loved ones to visit and honor your memory

Conserve your forest for future generations

This is a thoughtful, environmentally sound manner of managing end of life. I appreciate that I can plan for this part of life, alleviate my children and have a place other than a cemetery where they can visit.

Francine S.

Santa Cruz Forest, Customer

Death is not a pleasant thing to face, but knowing we will be together in such a beautiful and peaceful place makes the inevitable future easier to think about.

Anne D.

Point Arena Forest, Customer

This opportunity is so special and exciting. No other option better supports our parents' conservation and environmental philosophy. They loved the forest, the outdoors, and the preservation of open space.

Mark F.

Point Arena Forest, Customer

I chose Better Place Forests because it gave me the answer I was looking for—a place for my remains where I will continue to be relevant and make a difference. The idea of being part of a forest brought me peace and joy.

Julia O.

Santa Cruz Forest, Customer

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Choose a resting place that continues your connection with nature

Establish a place for loved ones to visit and honor your memory

Conserve your forest for future generations

When you purchase a memorial tree you...

In every part of my experience, Better Place Forests met and exceeded expectations. I believe I have done something wonderful for my family by preparing ahead. I have left them peace and my love.

Offering a beautiful alternative to cemeteries across the country.


This is a decision you only need to make once. So make yours as impactful as possible.

So make yours as impactful as possible.

At Better Place Forests, we believe that focusing on our wishes for the end of life frees us to focus on living our best lives now.

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.

At Better Place Forests, we believe that focusing on our wishes for the end of life frees us to focus on living our best lives now.

This is a decision you only need to make once.

A more beautiful resting place for you and your family to visit for generations to come.

A more beautiful resting place for you and your family to visit for generations to come.

Choose a tree instead
of a tombstone.

Yosemite Gateway

Point Arena

Santa Cruz

Lake Arrowhead

Nobody wants to plan for their end of life but, eventually, someone will have to make those decisions. When you choose to plan ahead with Better Place Forests you’re giving a gift that keeps giving: peace of mind for you and your family, and protection of California’s wild spaces.

Offering a beautiful alternative to cemeteries in California’s most iconic locations.


Yosemite Gateway

Point Arena

Santa Cruz

Lake Arrowhead

A serene Pacific Coast forest with majestic redwoods.

Glorious mountain views,
just one hour west of Big Bear.

An exclusive redwood forest
in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Sweeping mountain meadows,
30 miles west of Yosemite.

San Francisco

Los Angeles

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Choose a tree
instead of a tombstone.

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A serene Pacific Coast forest with majestic redwoods.

Sweeping mountain meadows,
30 miles west of Yosemite.

An exclusive redwood forest
in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Glorious mountain views,
just one hour west of Big Bear.

I chose Better Place Forests because it gave me the answer I was looking for—a place for my remains where I will continue to be relevant and make a difference. The idea of being part of a forest brought me peace and joy.

Julia O.

Santa Cruz Forest, Customer

This opportunity is so special and exciting. No other option better supports our parents' conservation and environmental philosophy. They loved the forest, the outdoors, and the preservation of open space.

Mark F.

Point Arena Forest, Customer

Death is not a pleasant thing to face, but knowing we will be together in such a beautiful and peaceful place makes the inevitable future easier to think about.

Anne D.

Point Arena Forest, Customer

This is a thoughtful, environmentally sound manner of managing end of life. I appreciate that I can plan for this part of life, alleviate my children and have a place other than a cemetery where they can visit.

Francine S.

Santa Cruz Forest, Customer

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How it works

01

Enjoy a guided tour through one of our forests and find your own one-of-a-kind memorial tree.

Choose your tree

02

Your purchase helps protect this rich ecosystem and contribute to reforestation across America.

Protect forestland

03

Your memorial tree gives you special access to the forest. Visit, hike, picnic, and see your tree grow over the years.

Enjoy your forest

04

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming part of the life of the forest.

Return to the earth

Learn more