With the growing desire for more environmentally responsible endings, more people of all cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds are seeking natural burials. Nearly a dozen land trusts in the US have entered into conservation easements that include burial on the property, conserving and stewarding more land. Each burial ground is as different in its management style as its landscape, and each conservation entity has its own set of practical concerns. This workshop will look at burial grounds as tools for land trusts seeking to strengthen people’s relationship to the land through burial, and to build community relevance and resources for land protection by examining these projects from an “eye to eye” perspective. The workshop will highlight the project development process and day-to-day functioning of two burial ground models: the land trust as owner-operator and the land trust as conservation easement holder. Sara Brink from The Wilderness Center will describe the philosophy, ownership and operational structure for Foxfield Preserve. Kieran Roe from Conserving Carolina will describe how they entered into relationship with Carolina Memorial Sanctuary and hold its conservation easement. Both land trusts will reveal the critical decision points for their organizations along the way. Participants will be introduced to a new Land Trust and Conservation Burial Ground Assessment Tool developed specifically for this workshop.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center