Unique Miyawaki Mini-Forest Established With LEAD & COB — First in the Region
After months of coordination with City of Bellingham and WWU’s LEAD student environmental program, on Earth Day 2023 over 170 volunteers from us all teamed up to plant the region’s first “mini-forest.”
This unique reforestation site is located at the corner of Billy Frank Sr., Drive and E. Ivy Street on the northwest corner of campus.
The mini-forest was designed and planted using the Miyawaki Method developed by botanist Akira Miyawaki in Japan. For the past 30+ years, his methodology has been used to successfully create mini-forests in cities all around the world. It mimics how forests naturally regenerate – by planting a variety of native climax species densely together. The method is especially ideal for small urban sites.
We planted 900+ trees. (WMTP volunteers contributed about a third of that). Other volunteers that day removed Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, and other non-native plants in the adjacent Arboretum to help existing mature trees there survive.
Besides providing volunteers and planting expertise, WMTP is assisting LEAD to design and create an informative, compelling interpretative sign to educate the community about this unique site.