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Conservation Stewardship


White Eagle Memorial Preserve at Ekone Ranch is part of a larger 501c3 land stewardship organization called Sacred Earth Foundation, whose conservation mission is to protect and steward 1,138 acres of land in the Upper Rock Creek watershed.

What does this mean? We ensure permanent protection for a diverse and integrated landscape through acquisition of key parcels that are vulnerable to development or harm. We use best available science, innovative strategies, a holistic approach, and gentle feet on the ground to care for land, plants, and animals in a changing world.

A group of people sitting around a camp fire, eating soup and talking with each other.

Our volunteers enjoying lunch during the All Souls Day work party and gathering, 2018

We believe deeply in land conservation, and in building community through service to the land. Work parties at Ekone Ranch happen monthly from October through May, focusing on forestry work, garden preparations, and weed watches in the places where we are managing invasive species.

We invite you to donate to our Conservation Fund to help support our ongoing land acquisition and stewardship efforts. Donations of $1000 or more are recognized on stones as part of our Conservation Donor Trail

Photo of sun coming through trees, and a Wendell Berry poem.


No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over the grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.

—Wendell Berry

White Eagle Memorial Preserve
a Natural Burial Ground at Ekone Ranch

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