Healing Forest

A forest that restores harmony between body, mind and spirit.

Yakama Nation, WA
Miyawaki Forest
Habitat Restoration
Self Sustaining
After approx. two years our SUGi Pocket Forests can be classed as self-sustaining, at which point they can be handed over to nature and left alone for complexity to naturally develop.
Yakama Nation Healing Forest sustainable project




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Native Species

3.5 Years
3.5 Years
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3.5 Years
Phase 4 being planted
3.5 Years

“Today, there are 28 different foods to be foraged from the pocket forest to nurture our people. That has not happened for probably at least 100 years.”

Marylee Jones, Gatherer and Member of the Yakama Nation

Wild Rose (Rosa canina)
Foraged berries
Garry Oak (Quercus garryana)
Elderberry (sambucus)
Wild Rose (Rosa canina)
Rose Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
The Healing Forest after 2 years of growth.
Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)
The tallest trees are Black Cottonwood at 9 to 10.5m.
The Healing Forest after 1 year of growth.
Ethan, SUGi Forest Maker, in the 1-year-old forest.
Lupine (genus Lupinus)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Wild Roses (Rosa nutkana).

“With the right attention, we can nurture a barren space to become a model of natural diversity and abundance. The way we treat the life around us is a reflection of ourselves. For the long-term wellbeing of our planet and ensuring healthy communities we need to care for life in the soil and enliven the return of nature's bounty.”

Ethan Bryson, Urban Natural Forests

Inmates from the the Yakama Nation Corrections and Rehabilitation Facility planting.
Marylee Smunitee Jones, Gatherer and Case Worker, helps lead the effort to plant the Healing Forest.

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