The Bios Urn® can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you own a home, or property – planting on it is one of the best places. In another post, we explored different places the Bios Urn® can be planted, such as green burial grounds, backyards, unique sites, and public spaces. In this post, we are going to go into more detail on how to plant and use the Bios Urn® in a public space, such as a forest or park.
Most laws state that a person may plant or bury cremated remains in uninhabited public land, or on the private property of a consenting owner – but this may not be the case for all countries so it´s always important to ask. Please be sure to investigate your state or region´s provincial laws in relation to ashes. If you are unsure, just send us a message and we can help you look into it! Be sure to include your location, and the public space you have in mind for planting.
Requirements vary from one park to another but all generally fall under federal regulations. On your favorite park’s website, there might be an application form for a Special Use Permit, or there may be a downloadable permission letter. To obtain permission, mail your request to the office that manages the site. You can find it on the website of the park via www.nps.gov or the BLM’s www.blm.gov. In your letter, you should indicate if you are the legal custodian of the remains, and indicate the specific location where you wish to place the ashes. Following your request, you should receive a permit or letter for your keeping, which you will take when you go to the park or forest.
Aside from the fees for entering the park, there are no additional fees for scattering ashes, unless you have a large gathering and therefore may require a special use permit. In regards to planting in a forest – we were told that if the forest allows ash scattering, they will allow ash burial if the used receptacle is biodegradable and no marker is left. Please be advised that no markers of any kind can be left behind.
See related: Mathieu Planted His Mother’s Bios Urn® in a Forest
Some forests which are local are a good place to plant the Bios Urn®, although it is absolutely necessary to respect the local flora and plant an appropriate tree species which matches the local environment. Some forests and parks (especially national parks) may have differing laws or regulations about planting so it is necessary to inquire with local authorities about permissions. If the urn used is biodegradable, it does not need to be removed from the site. If you intend to plant the Bios Urn® in a national park or forest, less ash must be placed in the urn. Since you are planting in a public space, you cannot bury a pile of ashes, and therefore must use only a small amount in the Bios Urn®. You can opt to scatter some, and plant a smaller portion in the Bios Urn®.
You should always respect the local ecology of the place you intend to plant, and only plant native species. Some Bios Urn® customers have planted their Bios Urns® in their own property, on green burial grounds, in nearby forests, and in national parks. Others have also planted them indoors in a Bios Incube®, or a normal garden planter! You can also choose creative outdoor locations, which hold sentimental meaning. If you choose to plant on public land (aside from a forest or park) please be sure you have approval to do so.
* Please note that the above generally pertains to the U.S and may not apply to your country, or region. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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