Caring for the Earth is one of the major reasons why Carolina Memorial Sanctuary exists and informs how we do everything at the Sanctuary, from burial to land maintenance. In addition to being a green cemetery, we are certified as a Conservation Burial Ground by the Green Burial Council – the highest level of certification that exists. Perpetual conservation of the environment is created as each burial becomes part of the living landscape. Conservation burial practices support and reinforce the cycle of life, offering a powerful testament to your life or that of your loved one.
Land Conservation & Restoration Projects
In addition to removing invasive species and restoring the native habitats, here are the conservation projects taking place at the Sanctuary:
- Wetlands – We are restoring the wetlands, the creek, and its banks. We have applied for a grant to help with creek restoration.
- Bioswale – The area below the parking is going to have a bioswale and will be landscaped with native plants for a somewhat more groomed effect (especially good for bluebird habitat).
- Northside Woodlands – The successional, mostly pine, woods on the north side are going to be slowly converted to a mixed hardwood/evergreen woods.
- Southside Woodlands – In the southside woods we are preserving the mixed hardwood and alluvial forested areas (alluvial being the woods along the top of the creek where it enters our property).
- Post Oak Savannah – On the ridgetop located in the meadow we are creating a Post Oak Savannah habitat so that trees can be planted there, and for fire resistance for controlled burns.
- Eastern Hemlocks – We are doing beetle releases as part of the integrated pest management for the Eastern Hemlocks.
- Southeastern Meadow – On the southside we are restoring the Southeastern Meadow habitat by removing invasives and sowing a variety of wildflowers and grasses.
- Native Grasses – We are removing invasive plants and have plans to restore the area near Barkwells fence line, to create a grassy meadow.
- Native Edibles – Along the southern border with NC state we will create a native edibles section, along with replanting our border.
- Bees & Butterflies – We will be designating areas for bees and butterflies in the meadow to be specifically pollinator habitats.
- Bluebirds – We have 15 bluebird houses scattered around the Sanctuary that are already homes for bluebirds and other species of small birds.
Help Conserve Land in Western North Carolina
All of the land conservation and restoration projects taking place at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary require large amounts of capital. In addition to the 10% collected from burial purchases, extra funding is needed to restore and conserve the land as outlined above. Please consider making a tax deductible gift to Carolina Memorial Sanctuary. Your gift will help create a beautiful public park to be enjoyed by generations to come.
Caring for 11 acres is a lot of work and we welcome the helpful hands of volunteers. If you are interested in donating your time, read about our volunteer opportunities and signup.