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A Memorial Tree that Gives Back

Choose a sustainable alternative to cemeteries and help replant forests in need

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Make an impact in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation inspires People to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. For each Memorial Tree chosen, Better Place Forests will plant 500 new saplings to restore forest affected by the Rim Fire. Offer valid throughout 2023.

What is a Memorial Tree?

Instead of a tombstone, a Memorial Tree is a protected place to return ashes to the earth. Honor your loved ones in the forest with a custom inscribed marker and a Forest Memorial.

Every Memorial Tree Includes

Your choice of a private tree in a protected forest

Rights to add as many people and pets as you’d like

Better Place Forest

Option to place a custom inscribed Memorial Marker

500 saplings planted to help Rim Fire Forest Recovery

Your Memorial Tree helps preserve and protect a beautiful forest that your family can visit for generations to come. 

The lasting positive impact of your Memorial

The Rim Fire was the largest wildfire in Sierra Nevada history. It consumed over 257,000 acres in Stanislaus and Yosemite National Park. In partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, we will plant 500 saplings for each Memorial Tree chosen. This project will help restore the canopy and sustain wildlife that survived the fire.

Find your forever tree

Choose your forest, tree species, and size of tree in one of our nine forests across America. Our expert guides are standing by to help schedule your forest tour.


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Santa Cruz

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Yosemite Gateway

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Lake Arrowhead

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St. Croix Valley

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Rock River

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Litchfield Hills

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Over 6,000 families served across nine forests​

What came as a wonderful surprise is the reverence the staff added to our Forest Memorial. They guided us through returning our loved one to the earth . 

Chris B. Lake Arrowhead Forest, Califorina

The process of selecting a tree was deeply spiritual . I am a tree-hugging conservationist and Better Place Forests is exactly what I had in mind for my ashes.

Patricia D. Point Arena Forest, California

This is a thoughtful, environmentally smart approach to end-of-life. I appreciate that my children will have a place other than a cemetery to visit.

Francine S. Santa Cruz Forest, California

Better Place Forests is the perfect place for us. The idea of being out in nature under our tree gives us such a feeling of peace.

Joy B. Yosemite Gateway Forest, California

I think having a tree, having a place out in nature is so different.  Instead of showing my son a plot in a cemetery I can show him a tree. It’s a chance to teach him about renewal and that life carries on.

Sarah B. Flagstaff Forest, Arizona

Mother Teresa said, "Peace begins with a smile." My wild black cherry tree in the Rock River Forest brings a smile and a sense of peace, instead of angst.

Judith L. Rock River Forest, Illinois

Picking out a tree, a symbol of family and strength, felt right. My parent's tree is more than a place to visit, it’s a symbolic reminder of our connection.

Michelle C. St. Croix Valley Forest, Minnesota

I have spent many days walking in the forest. When you listen to the birds, the wind, the rustling of leaves… it’s a monumental, picturesque experience.

Dwight and Renate B. Berkshires Forest, Massachusetts

There’s something very magical about picking out your tree and knowing that you’ll become a part of that ecosystem.  In a way, you’ll live on in the future.

Susan K, Litchfield Hills Forest, Connecticut
By choosing a Memorial Tree, you help protect the entire forest ecosystem. Talk to a Guide to learn more. 

How it works

Choose your tree

Explore our protected forests online or in-person and choose your tree with the help of a Guide.

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Plan your Forest Memorial

Create a memorial that feels authentic to you. Plan readings, music, and more with the help of our expert team.

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Spread your ashes

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming a part of the life of the forest. A marker is placed at your tree.

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Enjoy your forest

You and your loved ones have ongoing access to the forest. Visit as often as you’d like.

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Make a lasting impact with a Memorial Tree

For each Memorial Tree chosen, 500 saplings will be planted in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation for Rim Fire Recovery.