White Eagle Memorial Preserve Cemetery is a conservation burial ground founded in 2008, licensed by the state of Washington, and part of Sacred Earth Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which stewards both White Eagle and Ekone Ranch summer camps and adult programming.
While we remain open and our staff is available for burials, the Washington State re-opening phase guidelines places limits on the number of attendees, and ask that all attendees practice physical distancing and wear masks. COVID-19 burials will be direct burials, with our staff only.
We have drafted some additional safety protocols to be able to provide safe and meaningful burial experiences. More details on our updated Protocols can be found on our Rules and Regulations page.
Due to our wilderness location, we do not have internet access in the cemetery and are unable to offer live-streaming, but family or staff may video the burial to share with loved ones who are unable to attend.
We are still offering pre-planning arrangements for site purchases, but we are limiting visits and tours. We are happy to take photographs of potential sites, or you may wait to decide on your particular place at a later date. Thanks for your interest and understanding during these uncertain times. Our hearts are together in care and concern.
WEMP conservation burial ground spans 20 acres adjacent to Rock Creek Canyon, set within a larger wilderness of 1138 acres of permanently protected oak and ponderosa forest, meadow, and steppe near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This land is habitat for deer, coyote, cougar, eagles, wild turkeys, steelhead in the canyon creek, western grey squirrels, rattlesnakes, and the occasional bear or lynx . Our mission is to steward and protect this ecosystem, and to provide families with meaningful conservation burial opportunities.
We are certified by the Green Burial Council as a Conservation Burial Ground, and we are one of nine founding members of the Conservation Burial Alliance, dedicated to conservation stewardship and education.
Please consider supporting our Conservation Fund, and our stewardship work in the Upper Rock Creek watershed. Donors who gift $1000 and more will be honored in a permanent installation at the White Eagle gateway. Legacy planning gifts are another way to ensure that your values in life sustain this place for the long term.
Here are a few more glimpses into Conservation Burial at White Eagle:
In Print: An article from one of our stewards, published in High Country News
CLOSER TO THE LIGHT: A short musical video tour of White Eagle
IN VIDEO: Watch the video about one of our early burials, that went nationwide with Associated Press, and this new featurette (below) made by a community member whose husband was buried at White Eagle in 2018.