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Duck Run Natural Cemetery, First In Virginia To Earn ‘Green’ Status, Now Open For Business

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Posted: June 30, 2012

The brainchild of General Manager Glenn Jennelle and owner Kenny Kyger, Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Penn Laird is the first in Virginia to earn “green cemetery” status by conforming to several guidelines established to ensure it’s ecologically friendly. (Photo by Justin Falls / DN-R)
At Duck Run Natural Cemetery, burial containers must be made from Earth-friendly materials, such as pine or wicker. “Everything has to be 100 percent biodegradable,” according to Glenn Jennelle, the burial ground’s general manager. (Photo by Justin Falls / DN-R)

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the sloping hills of Duck Run Natural Cemetery don’t exactly look like a burial ground.

There are no monuments or mausoleums. There aren’t…

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