Friday, December 11, 2015

White Haven's Audubon Program

Started in 1991, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System is a not-for-profit environmental organization specializing in sustainable resource management.  The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program works with landowners to find creative solutions benefiting both the environment and the landowner.  In 1993, White Haven became the first cemetery to join the program and become fully certified in all five categories including Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Resource Conservation, Waste Management, and Outreach & Education.

This organization has helped White Haven manage its property with wildlife and the environment in mind.  To help our wildlife, we keep two ponds open throughout the winter – one behind Creation Chapel and the other at the beginning of our Nature Trail.  The moving water in these ponds provides an open source of water for wildlife in the winter, when most other sources of water are frozen.  Attracting and caring for wildlife is one of the many ways we try to make White Haven a beautiful place to remember.

We have also found creative ways to offer new burial options without destroying the great variety of plant materials and wildlife habitats we have on our property.  For example, instead of cutting down trees to make more lawn burial areas, we created our unique Nature Trail within a natural, hardwood forest.  We also found a way to use an existing wildflower meadow for green burials.  By preserving both the forest and the meadow, we not only created unique, new burial options for our community, we protected those two wildlife habitats and all of the deer, fox, coyotes and hundreds of birds, insects, reptiles and smaller mammals that call those places home.

With the help of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, the projects White Haven has undertaken have benefited the environment, increased wildlife, saved money and delighted our visitors.  To learn more about the nature, wildlife and unique burial options at White Haven Memorial Park, please browse our website at