Woodland Setting

Eugene Masonic Cemetery Woodland Setting

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 trees that shelter our ancestors.

A variety of birds and animals, as well as more than 100 native and exotic species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers call this place home. For many years we followed a policy of limited summer mowing. Since 2015, however, we have been using 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, in 2012 Bruce Newhouse  completed the following inventories of plants, animals and fungi.