Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery Policies and Fees
Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery is available to anyone, regardless of race, creed, color, religious beliefs, national origin, gender, or political affiliation. You may indicate your intent to be buried at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery by filling out a Burial Preferences form. Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery will ensure that there is enough space for everyone who submits a Burial Preferences form.
These policies of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery address our dual mission of environmentally friendly burial and land conservation.
Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery: Policies and Procedures
These are the policies and procedures of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery (PCCC). The policies and procedures are integral to our
dual mission of environmentally friendly burial and land conservation. PCCC is operated by Conservation Burial, Inc. in partnership with
Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc.
1. Acceptance of bodies
- Bodies or cremated remains will be accepted.
- Embalmed bodies will not be accepted.
- Only biodegradable personal possessions may be interred, except that small items such as dental fillings, prosthetic devices, and similar metal articles of minimal size are allowed.
- Pets of up to 150 pounds or cremated remains of pets may be accepted.
2. Burial containers
- No burial container is required.
- Burial containers or urns shall be biodegradable. Wooden caskets, baskets, cardboard boxes, and natural-fiber fabric shrouds may be used.
- No concrete, metal, plastic, ceramic, or other non-biodegradable caskets or vaults or containers or parts may be used. If family linens or clothing are included in the burial, materials shall be biodegradable (e.g., cotton, linen, wool).
3. Burial spaces
- Burial locations cannot be reserved or otherwise selected prior to need.
- A burial location may be selected at the time of need by a person with authority over final disposition of bodily remains (e.g., family member or acting funeral director).
- While reservation of multiple or adjacent burial locations for spouse/partner burials is not available, PCCC maintains enough space around each burial for spouse/partner burial.
- PCCC may designate portions of the cemetery for sects with particular burial customs, with the approval of representatives of these groups.
- Headstones or other above-ground markers are not permitted, except that a 2-inch round bronze or aluminum personalized marker will be provided by PCCC for each burial.
- Markers will be mounted on a piece of #5 iron rebar at the center of each grave and flush with the surface.
- The center point of each grave (marker) will be located by its distance from four points on the 200 foot square cemetery grid.
- All bodies will be marked according to Florida law with a non-biodegradable tag.
- Memorial objects and plant material will be allowed to remain on the grave for one week. After one week, plant materials and other organic items will be composted. Items of value will be donated to an appropriate charitable organization. Family members should not expect to recover objects, as PCCC will not be responsible for items left on the graves or cemetery grounds.
- No living plants may be planted at a burial site without approval of PCCC, in accordance with the PCCC land management and restoration plan. Native plants may be available for memorial plantings.
- PCCC may develop further memorial features over time.
6. Cemetery plan
- PCCC will be managed under a land restoration plan that includes mowing, grazing, planting native vegetation, and/or controlled burning, including over burial sites.
- The plan will include location and maintenance of roads, trails, and other facilities in keeping with the provisions of the perpetual Conservation Easement.
7. Burial fees
- Human Burial: $2000 service fee for opening and closing of grave
- Cremated Human Remains: $350 service fee for opening and closing of grave
- Pet Burial – $200-400 service fee for opening and closing of grave and handling (based upon weight of pet, up to 150 pounds)
- Cremated Pet Remains: $100 service fee for opening and closing of grave
- The responsible party will sign a burial contract before the body is buried. Payment of the burial fee is expected at the time services are rendered. No credit will be extended.
- The responsible party will also be offered the opportunity to sign a waiver for CBI use of photographs.
Fees are used to cover costs of burial. A portion of each burial fee goes into a perpetual cemetery management fund. All remaining funds are used to pay for the cemetery land and to eventually purchase, restore, and protect more land for future generations.
Each burial site will be restored with native plantings after the time of burial. Our initial soil surveys indicate that approximately 1/3 of the site is appropriate for burials. The number and density of burial plots will be determined by soil and environmental conditions, but we expect to be able to bury up to 300 people per acre, compared to as many as 1,000 people per acre in conventional cemeteries.
The cemetery will include gathering areas, memorial gardens, trails, boardwalks, benches, and overlooks. We are developing plans for a memorial containing names and memories of the deceased buried on the site. Please contact us for more information or if you wish to discuss donor recognition for various cemetery features.
Long-term cemetery maintenance will involve complete ecological restoration of the site, including: planting of native trees, shrubs, herbs, and wildflowers; removal of invasive and exotic species; reintroduction of occasional prescribed fire; restoration of hydrology; and protection of threatened and endangered species. A percentage of each burial fee goes into a perpetual endowment for the long-term care of the conservation burial ground.