Within these protected forests, families choose trees to mark the place where they’ll spread their loved ones’ ashes over generations. The concept has a simple poetry — merging ritual, memorial, and forest conservation — yet its realization involved a large team of design and technical specialists, led by the submitting landscape architecture firm. The project establishes a framework for future sites, each with their own unique qualities.
The submitting landscape architecture studio was selected to design America’s first forest spreading cemetery. The Client offers an alternative to the traditional cemetery, a conservation system of tree sponsorship that preserves, restores, and manages large forests in the US. The studio acted as the prime consultant and assembled a team of forest ecologists, artists, designers, and other consultants to realize the first project in Northern California. Their work included master-planning the property, designing structures, spaces, trail systems, wayfinding and signage, the life marker, and habitat restoration.