A 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

Environmental Stewardship

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Natural burial prohibits the use of contaminating embalming chemicals, metal caskets, concrete vaults and other contaminating materials at the end of life. When natural burial occurs in a protected landscape it is termed conservation burial.    Conservation burial is known as the gold standard of natural burial.  This method is the most ecologically and socially responsible end-of-life option available.  By partnering with an environmental organization, a conservation easement protects the native landscape from development, contamination, and abuse. This protection also restores ecosystems while it reduces carbon emissions and end-of-life expenses and increases quality of life for people and the planet.  With each conservation burial, an investment is made to our natural home, creating a living memorial to be enjoyed by everyone, forever.

The Tennessee landscape is a sanctuary filled with trees, wildflowers and grassy open fields, deer, turkeys, rabbits, and more than a few squirrels. Unfortunately, economic and government constraints on land conservation challenge our ability to protect our natural history and require us to seek innovative strategies for land protection. Larkspur’s mission is to use natural burial as a means of protecting our natural areas.  For Larkspur, land acquisition occurs through a variety of different means–using land already owned by a land trust, donation of land by individual owners, working with a conservation organization to establish easements on private land, receiving funding from a local governmental body, purchasing land from private owners–and often through a combination of these sources.