Polk County has received application for the purchase of land that resides in the Town of Apple River for a natural or green cemetery. Wikipedia data indicates that natural burial is the internment of the body of a dead person in the soil in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition but allows the body to recycle naturally.
This process varies from the traditional cemetery in that chemical to delay decomposition of the bodies and containers are not utilized and biodegradable coffins are substituted. Also, only flat stone markers are utilized and designs are meant to be compatible with current surroundings.
Wiki data indicates that each year 22,500 cemeteries in the U.S. bury:
Additional information is available on the internet under Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens. Please become familiar with these methods and share your concerns and opinions with members of the Town of Apple River Board.
Respectfully submitted By Ken Sample, Supervisor