Cemeteries are often an underappreciated part of the urban forest. Older private cemeteries often wind up as public land managed by city park departments when plots are full and burials are too infrequent to provide adequate income. A recent article, published in Landscape Architecture Magazine and American Cemetery, explores how public cemeteries can offer more to a community than a final resting place, and how using cemeteries for public space helps preserve their cultural and ecological resources. (from OR Dept. of Forestry Community Tree Connections newsletter, May 2012)

Sunlight through the tree, St. Mary’s Cemetery
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