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Manhattan Healing Forest

Planting for Resilience.

Roosevelt Island, New York City, USA
Miyawaki Forest




Square Feet


Native Species

Planting in progress
Planting in progress

"Tekenink atàm (Let's us go to the forest)"

— Lenape Forest Name

Planting of the first White Pine tree by Curtis Zunigha from the Lenape Center of the Lenape peoples & Marylee Smunitee Jones from the Yakama Nation.
Together with the local community the first Miyawaki forest in NYC is created.
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Together with over 300 people the forest was created.
Red Cedar
Hello NYC, We Love You.
From above: Roosevelt Island & Manhattan skyline
All in symbiosis.
Left to Right: Ethan Bryson, Curtis Zunigha, Marylee Smunitee Jones & Family, Travis, Elise Van Middelem and Christina Delfico
A day to remember!
White oak (Quercus alba)
Virgina strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
New York Fern (Thelypteris noveborancesis)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

“Creating this pocket forest is an invitation to understand how rebuilding soil health positively affects the health of all surrounding life. Using this tight-knit planting Miyawaki Method to strengthen root connections which in turn boosts tree growth exponentially mirrors how diverse communities can come close together now and do this. After all, New Yorkers understand crowded small spaces and if we can plant it here it can plant it anywhere.”

Christina Delfico, founder iDig2Learn.

We’re thrilled to collaborate on this project with:

"Lenape Center has been actively continuing Lenapehoking. The establishment of this pocket forest exemplifies the transformative and regenerative power that arises from collaboration."

— Lenape Center

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