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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

The purchase of your memorial tree 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?

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.  See the video below to discover more about how Better Place Forests works. 

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.

Choose from towering pines and majestic firs, just one hour from Sacramento.

Get to know Better Place Forests Western Sierra

Better Place Forests Western Sierra is a welcoming and mature 48-acre forest in northern California. Conveniently located off of Highway 50, just one hour from South Lake Tahoe, it’s an easy drive for residents in Sacramento, Reno, and the Bay Area.

Nestled just one mile from the historic Pony Express Trail, this forest features gentle topography and a bounty of towering mixed conifer trees — many of which grew up during the Gold Rush era and now reaching heights of over 200 feet tall! Feel at home among the gentle giants of the Sierras, including ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, Douglas firs, white firs, black oaks, and bigleaf maples.

We couldn’t be more excited to help preserve this beautiful Sierra Nevada location and offer families a peaceful sanctuary to reflect and remember their loved ones.

Better Place Forests Western Sierra is a welcoming and mature 48-acre forest just one hour from South Lake Tahoe. It’s an easy drive for residents in Sacramento, Reno, and the Bay Area.

Feel at home among the gentle giants of the Sierras, including ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, Douglas firs, white firs, black oaks, and bigleaf maples.

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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.


Susan K.

“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.”

“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.”

FAQs

What tree species are in the forest?

You can choose from a variety of classic Sierra tree species, including ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, Douglas firs, white firs, black oaks, and bigleaf maples.

Where is Better Place Forests Western Sierra located?

Our newest forest in California is located in a welcoming and mature 48-acre forest in the town of Pollock Pines, just 15 minutes from Placerville and one hour from South Lake Tahoe. It’s an easy drive from Sacramento, Reno, and the Bay Area.

Can I spread my pets ashes around my memorial tree?

Yes! We view pets as part of the family and encourage the inclusion of pets in your memorial.

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.

How much does a Better Place Forests tree memorial cost?

We offer a range of prices for any budget. Pricing for memorial trees is based on several factors, including: location, setting (views, rock features, etc.), tree size, and the number of spreading rights. In contrast, the average burial, plot, and headstone costs around $15,000 per person.

The news is spreading

“It’s a way to rethink how we remember our loved ones and leave a lasting legacy that preserves and protects the environment.”

Discover the beauty of Western Sierra

Take an aerial tour of this majestic 48-acre forest.

See why thousands have chosen trees not tombstones

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

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.

How much does a Better Place Forests tree memorial cost?

We offer a range of prices for any budget. Pricing for memorial trees is based on several factors, including: location, setting (views, rock features, etc.), tree size, and the number of spreading rights. In contrast, the average burial, plot, and headstone costs around $15,000 per person.

Where is Better Place Forests Western Sierra located?

Our newest forest in California is located in a welcoming and mature 48-acre forest in the town of Pollock Pines, just 15 minutes from Placerville and one hour from South Lake Tahoe. It’s an easy drive from Sacramento, Reno, and the Bay Area.

What tree species are in the forest?

You can choose from a variety of classic Sierra tree species, including ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, Douglas firs, white firs, black oaks, and bigleaf maples.

Can I spread my pet's ashes around my memorial tree?

Yes! We view pets as part of the family and encourage the inclusion of pets in your memorial.

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.

FAQs

The news is spreading

“It’s a way to rethink how we remember our loved ones and leave a lasting legacy that preserves and protects the environment.”

“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.”

“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.”

See the video below to discover more about how Better Place Forests works.