Conservation Burial Inc. (CBI) operates Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery (PCCC), a natural burial ground within a protected conservation area in Gainesville, Florida. Natural (or “green”) burial is a safe and legal burial practice that uses biodegradable containers and avoids embalming fluids and vaults. Conservation burial goes a step further to commit burial fees to help pay for land acquisition, protection, restoration, and management.
CBI was created in 2007 by a group of citizens who met once a month for three years, doing research and planning toward their vision of conserving land while offering the option of natural burial. We have the advantage of working with a land conservation partner, Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT). In late July of 2010, the vision became a reality with the licensing of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. The cemetery opened in time to fulfill the last wishes of beloved physician, environmentalist, and community citizen, Dr. Kathy Cantwell, who was buried at PCCC in the spot that she had admired only weeks prior to her burial.
Since the cemetery opened, the benefits it has brought to the North Florida Community have exceeded its founders’ expectations:
- A natural choice for whole body human burial, cremated remains burial, and pet burial
- Opportunities for participation of family and friends in meaningful burial ceremonies
- A legacy for individuals and families that helps to protect natural areas for future generations
- A natural and protected conservation area for everyone to enjoy
- A managed ecosystem to help provide wildlife habitat and clean air and water
- Regular workshops about important topics related to many aspects of death care planning
- The Sandhill Stage Concert Series to benefit CBI and ACT
- The annual PCCC Memorial event