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All communities deserve trees

We strive to improve tree equity in the Chicagoland area.

Our Mission


To improve tree equity by establishing tiny native forests in and around the Chicago metropolitan area - because all communities deserve trees and the health, climate and social benefits they provide.

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Our Story

We started in 2021, but our origin goes back 30 years to an old sugar cane plantation in the Philippines.

Why Tree Equity?

The addition of a forest creates definable change we can experience with all our senses. 

Covid-19 exposed vulnerabilities and reminded us of our connection with each other and the outdoors.

A change with several short-term (and long-term) benefits can inspire hope for a better future.

Our Team

We’re a group of passionate individuals who care about the planet and our collective future.

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A short video about why we do what we do

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SIZE & SPEED

Ideally suited for small urban sites, matures in 20 years vs. 200 years for a primary forest  

REMEDIATION

Remediates degraded urban soil and improves soil microbiome

BIODIVERSITY

Supports 16 times as many species as non-native landscape

SURVIVAL

Young plants allow formation of stronger taproots

LOW MAINTENANCE

Water and weed for 3 years, largely self-sustained after that; no chemicals needed

THE MIYAWAKI METHOD

Find out what's happening.

On May 20, 2022, with the help of over 70 volunteers, we planted our first tiny native Miyawaki forest in Markham, Illinois.

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Together, we can make a difference.

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