Herland Forest is a community-based, not-for-profit natural burial cemetery and stewardship forest in south-central Washington.
As an outgrowth of the Windward Community’s Sustainability Education and Research Center, Herland Forest is dedicated to learning, teaching and presenting wholesome alternatives to today’s commercial, industrial burial practices.
The Mission of Herland Forest is to:
- provide meaningful and affordable burial alternatives to people in the Pacific Northwest;
- better understand the forest through ongoing ecological research;
- use our knowledge to protect and enhance the vitality and productivity of our forest ecosystem;
- and utlilize natural burial for conservation, devoting funds to acquire and steward additional lands.
To learn more about our Herland Forest and Windward please visit the About Us section.
A Community Cemetery
Herland Forest is Managed by members of the Windward Community. A 501(c)(3) transitional center and sustainability education and research center. As a cooperative community of over 30 years, Windward is dedicated to modeling the practical human-scale technologies and integrated village-scale systems needed to support sustainable rural communities on marginal land.
The creation of Herland is a natural outgrowth of Windward’s efforts to provide holistic alternatives for all stages of life.
to Learn more about Windward, their approach to creating and sustaining community, and you can get involved, visit their website www.windward.org
A Forest Cemetery
The twenty-acre Herland Forest lies at the transition between the moist mountain forests of the western Cascades and the high prairies of eastern Washington, and features mixed stands of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and Oregon white oak.
The forest was logged about one hundred years ago and has since regrown into a beautiful, light-filled forest where ancient oaks shade young pines, and deer, coyote, migratory birds and turkeys find refuge.
A Stewardship Forest
Stewardship call us to create a lasting home, while connecting with the wider community of life.
We recognize that we can only steward what we truly love, and that we can only truly love something that we understand–something that we live with, spend time with and keenly observe, something that inspires us and that we stand beside to protect.
Become a Guardian of Herland Forest
“Guardian” is the title for those who have purchased a plot in the cemetery.
Operating a cemetery in a forest creates enduring restrictions on the use and development of the land – helping ensure that the ecosystem’s vitality remains intact.
So, Guardians protect the life of Herland Forest when they lay their bodies down amidst it’s trees.
Becoming a Guardian of Herland is a simple yet profound way for your death to have a positive and lasting influence on the biosphere for generations to come.
News and Updates
Usually, the first step in the interment of ashes from a cremation (often referred to as “cremains”) in the Herland Forest involves the loved one selecting a location that speaks to them. Then... READ MORE
The Herland Forest is beautiful in May. It’s situated on the divide between the wetland forests of the western Cascades and the dryland forest that stretches away to the east. One result is... READ MORE