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Yosemite Gateway Ponderosa Passage

Monument Ponderosa Pine #536

with 1 Spreading Right & 200 reforestation saplings

$11,900

$3,100 less than a traditional burial

Starting at $247/mo
This full tree enjoys ample sunlight beside an old companion at the meadow’s edge. With wildflowers in spring and a seasonal creek, it's a beloved spot offering easy access and flat gathering ground.
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Your price of $11,900 fully covers:
As part of your purchase, we’ll place 7% in a trust for the perpetual stewardship of the forest.
As part of your purchase, we’ll place 7% in a trust for the perpetual stewardship of the forest.
Your tree in a forest we are protecting.
Your tree in a forest we are protecting.
The exclusive right to spread ashes and place a memorial marker beneath your tree.
The exclusive right to spread ashes and place a memorial marker beneath your tree.
Right to purchase additional spreadings, now or in the future.
Right to purchase additional spreadings, now or in the future.
200 reforestation saplings planted in your honor.
200 reforestation saplings planted in your honor.
Access for you and your loved ones to the entire forest and Welcome House.
Access for you and your loved ones to the entire forest and Welcome House.

Noble and charismatic, Ponderosas welcome visitors with a butterscotch aroma.

  • Fire-resistant species whose very thick, plately orange bark protects it at maturity
  • Its bark grows thicker and more furrowed as it ages
  • Can live to be 400 to 600 years old
  • Has a symbiotic relationship with Abert squirrels: squirrels dig up truffles and spread spores; ponderosa need the fungus spores to make nitrogen and other important nutrients that are unavailable to the roots alone
  • Its bark has an amazing vanilla/butterscotch aroma that permeates the air on warm days

  • Easily access this park-like section of flat areas with lush understory
  • Enjoy leisurely walks and picnics among abundant ponderosa pines
  • See soaring hawks – and, in spring and summer, butterflies and blooming Larkspur

Ponderosa Passage greets forest visitors at the entryway, just off the main drive. Primarily composed of young ponderosa pines, this section is flat and easily accessible. 

The lush grass understory and well-spaced trees in Ponderosa Passage create a park-like feel, making this section a customer favorite for leisurely walks and picnics. 

Trees here are separated by a wetland meadow that runs through the center of the section.

Visiting the forest

We look forward to welcoming you to the forest!

If this is your first visit to the Yosemite Gateway Forest, we invite you to enjoy a personalized tour hosted by our Forest Guides. Bring your friends and family, meet your tree and our team, and experience the beauty of the forest you are helping to protect. These one-on-one forest visits are available by appointment only from Thursday through Monday, please reach out to us at Yosemite.gateway@betterplaceforests.com or by calling/texting (415) 300-2575. 

If you have already visited the forest and would like to return without assistance, please contact us at Yosemite.gateway@betterplaceforest.com or call/text (415) 300-2575 with the time, date, and tree you wish to visit. We will confirm our availability for your visit.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at the forest.