A final resting place your family wants to visit

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Better Place Forests are America's first spreading forests.

Instead of graves and tombstones, return the ashes of your loved one to earth under a private, permanently protected tree.
We currently offer two forests: one overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County, and another nestled in the mountains of Santa Cruz.

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A beautiful way to remember

  • Fill 1 Created with Sketch. You choose how many places to reserve for your family. The size of the tree selected will be matched to your family size.
  • Fill 1 Created with Sketch. The land around the tree is private to your family and permanently protected. Better Place Forests landscapes and maintains the land forever.
  • Fill 1 Created with Sketch. Better Place renaturalizes the ashes by rebalancing their pH and mixing them with local soil to ensure they nourish the earth beneath your tree.
  • Fill 1 Created with Sketch. Your family can hold a memorial service, participate in the spreading of the ashes and visit any time afterwards.
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For a limited time, you can make a free reservation to guarantee a spot in our first forest. Park design is well underway and those who secure their reservations today are the first to visit the forest and select their tree.

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For over nine years, my family has struggled with what to do with my father’s ashes. His urn has been openly displayed on a mantle, then on a bookshelf and now behind some books. Better Place Forests is a much better option for us.

– Quinn Simpson

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The first sustainable
alternative to cemeteries

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