When the cemetery was established, over 150 years ago, the hillside was treeless. Like the valley floor, it was covered with prairie grasses and wildflowers. Now this same ten-acre site is dominated by a mature stand of Douglas-fir trees.
In 2006 the Eugene Tree Foundation presented its award for excellence in stewardship of an urban forest to EMCA. The cemetery’s forward-looking landscape plan has improved the health and diversity of native trees that shelter our ancestors.
A variety of birds and animals, as well as more than 100 native species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers call this place home. For the last 20 years, from early spring through late fall, we have followed a policy of limited mowing. However, as of 2015, we are experimenting with a slightly enhanced mowing schedule, to allow for natural changes in the flora of the cemetery.
Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, Bruce Newhouse has completed a 2012 inventory of plants, animals and fungi.