Herland Forest, natural burial cemetery, Green Burial Cemetery, alternative burial, conservation cemetery, nature preserve, memorial ecosystem,


Herland Forest is a prospective community-based natural burial cemetery and land-stewardship venture 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 commerical, industrial burial practices.

Our Goals as Stewards 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 plase visit the About Us section.

The Forest

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.

light filled conifer canopy early on an autumn day

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.

Guardians of Herland Forest

We are seeking like-minded people to become the initial subscribers to the Cemetery and contribute to the endowment care fund necessary for licensing the cemetery.

As of May 2012, 2 Guardians have come forward and pledged a total of $18,000 dollars to help meet the $25,000 endowment care fund requirement of the state of Washington. yay!

Guardianship represents a rare opportunity to honor and serve the natural world both in life and beyond death. Guardians of Herland Forest are stakeholders in the future of the cemetery, playing an important role in building a community of support for natural burial in the Mid-Columbia Region.

To learn more about the benefits and rewards of Guardianship please visit our Guardians page.

We look forward to hearing from you!