pic-index2Herland Forest is a community-based, natural burial cemetery and land-stewardship venture in south-central Washington.

Herland’s Mission

As an outgrowth of the Windward Community’s Sustainability Education and Research Center, Herland Forest is dedicated to offering wholesome alternatives to today’s commercial, industrial burial practices.

We’re committed to:

  • providing meaningful and affordable burial alternatives to people in the Pacific Northwest;
  • deepening our understanding of the forest through ongoing ecological research;
  • using our knowledge to protect and enhance the vitality and productivity of our forest ecosystem; and
  • utilizing 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 page.

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.

The forest was logged about one hundred years ago and has since regrown into a beautiful, light-filled forest where ancient oaks grow side by side young pines and firs, and deer, coyote, migratory birds and turkeys find refuge.

Guardians of Herland Forest

Guardians are our name for those who have purchased a plot in the cemetery.

Beyond buying a plot, Guardianship represents a rare opportunity to honor and serve the natural world both in life and beyond death.

Beyond being a “customer”, Guardians of Herland Forest are cherished stakeholders in the future of the cemetery, and have the opportunity to play an important role in building a community of support for natural burial in the Mid-Columbia Region.

Learn more about becoming a Guardian

We look forward to hearing from you!


Notes from Herland

Herland’s Application is in!

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This past Winter has been a momentous time for the Windward Community and Herland Forest.  Many a long cold winter night was spent reviewing and sorting the documents for the cemetery’s license application.... READ MORE

Starting the Fall Thinning Season

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Here is a link to an article recently posted by Lindsay about a part of our forestry practices.  Lindsay and I are currently doing this thinning in part of Herland Forest. Here is... READ MORE