10. Meet and support your municipal arborist

Many cities and counties have an arborist, an expert on tree care and maintenance. The care of your street and park canopy is his or her full-time responsibility.

Areas of Interest: Networking, Connecting to Government
Ingredients: Telephone, lunch for two
Directions: Call your local government office and obtain the name of your arborist. Telephone or visit his or her office. Inquire about current projects. Take the arborist out to lunch! Most likely, the arborist’s hard work goes unappreciated. Other conversation topics might be your vision of the urban forest, your projects, or little known facts about your local forest.