Western Sierra, California

Coming in 2022 to Northern CA:
Towering pine and fir trees over 200 feet tall, just one hour from South Lake Tahoe.
Learn how you can become an early supporter.
Coming soon to northern CA: towering pine and fir trees over 200 feet tall, just one hour from South Lake Tahoe. Learn how you can become an early supporter.
Lock in the best price now
Our early supporters receive exclusive discounts and benefits.
20% off your tree
A fully refundable $95 deposit unlocks over $1,000 in savings for most families.
Exclusive access
Be among the first to visit the forest in person and have your name commemorated as a founding member.
First pick of trees
Choose from a large selection of towering pines, majestic oaks, incense cedars, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Western Sierra forest 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.

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 amidst the gentle giants of the Sierras found here, including ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, Douglas firs, white firs, black oaks, and bigleaf maples.
How much does a memorial tree cost?
We offer a range of prices for any budget. Pricing is based on several factors, including: location, setting (views, water features, etc.), tree type and size, and the number of spreading rights. In contrast, the average traditional burial, plot, and headstone costs around $15,000 per person.
When will the Western Sierra forest be open for tours and ceremonies?
We will be opening online forest tours in summer 2021. Early supporters will be given advanced access to in-person tours in the fall of 2021. We're targeting 2022 to open the forest for ceremonies.
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.
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 can I place a deposit for my memorial tree?
If you’re interested in becoming an early supporter for this forest and receiving 20% off your memorial tree, you can place a fully refundable $95 deposit here.