Miyawaki Forest

Miyawaki Forests – Cambridge, MA

Miyawaki Forests are biodiverse native pocket forests that reestablish full, functioning ecosystems in the areas they are planted. Biodiversity for a Livable Climate has been involved in planting, supporting, and educating on Miyawaki Forests for the past two years. Read about our projects and the Miyawaki Method below. To participate in volunteer stewardship at one or both of the forests, please fill out our volunteer form.

Greene-Rose Miyawaki Forest

On Saturday November 5, 2022 we planted our second Miyawaki Forest in collaboration with the City of Cambridge in The Port at Greene-Rose Heritage Park. We are thrilled to bring another pocket forest to life with the help of the community. We will share information, updates, and photos on the forest as it progresses, so stay tuned.

Photos by Maya Dutta

Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest

Our Miyawaki Forest at Danehy Park in North Cambridge was planted successfully on September 25, 2021 with the help of many fantastic volunteers. The forest is the first example of a Miyawaki Forest in Cambridge, MA and in the Northeast US as a whole. It was wonderful to see the community come together in the spirit of restoration and stewardship.

Read more about the Danehy Park forest from our partners at SUGi, and browse the resources and photos below!

Photo by Dino Kuznik

About the Forest

The Miyawaki Forest is an ultra dense, biodiverse pocket forest that recreates the complexity of natural forests and the relationships and processes that help them grow strong and resilient. By giving home to a vast array of native species, they boost the biodiversity of the area and nurture pollinators, supporting and restoring ecosystems. They sequester carbon in the soil, reduce air pollution and soil contamination, improve water absorption to buffer against flooding and erosion, and cool the surrounding area to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

They also create a living classroom for people and communities to learn about native ecology, engage in stewardship, and experience the interconnectedness of the natural world. Read more about the Miyawaki method and its history and examples in the links below.

It has been so moving to see the enthusiasm for this project from individuals and organizations here and elsewhere. In addition to stewarding the Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest in the coming years, we are imagining what comes next for the city of Cambridge, surrounding communities in metro-Boston, and cities and towns across the country and world. This forest, which was the first in Cambridge and in the entire Northeast USA, will certainly not be the last. 

Miyawaki Forest Links and Resources

Many Thanks

To our forest maker Ethan Bryson, to Andrew Putnam and Cambridge Urban Forestry, to SUGi, and to Marylee Jones, her mother Marlene and daughter Joelle, and to Kat Livingston for their support in making the Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest happen.

Thanks to all our volunteers and team leaders, and all those who supported this project!

Planting Day – September 25, 2021

September 2021 Site Preparation

Spring 2022 Updates

Photos by Maya Dutta

Summer 2022 Updates

This summer saw drought throughout Massachusetts, and the signs of these extremes from climate change were apparent in lowered water levels in streams, rivers, and ponds, and in vegetation that is drying out and dropping leaves. The Miyawaki forest showed some signs of this stress as well, but we monitored conditions carefully, keeping up with frequent watering through the support of the city to help the young trees through the season.

The forest also showed plenty of growth and life, with a high presence of bees, birds, and dragonflies and other insects, as well earthworms, some mushrooms, and new saplings rooting in the soil.

Photos by Maya Dutta

Fall 2022 Updates

Photos by Maya Dutta