14. Survey your neighbors

A NeighborWoods effort will mobilize people across a community. Projects will reflect wide-ranging neighborhood interests. Undoubtedly, there will be differences in priorities. Ultimately, however, many neighbors are waiting for a plan before they offer their personal talents.

Areas of Interest: Networking, Writing
Ingredients: A local forest group (see Activity 13), flip chart, markers, many ideas, ability to make choices
Directions: Encourage group members to share their interests and concerns with their neighbors. Invite a representative from a local urban forestry organization or your city tree department to speak to your group. Compile a list of issues, concerns and desires. Using the list, brainstorm possible actions. Include all ideas and possibilities.
Discuss the urgency of each possible action. Compare the pros and cons. Set priorities and focus on number one. You can always work on the other ideas after your group experiences its first success.
Once priorities are chosen, ask group members to share the chosen project with their neighbors. It is those neighbors who will make your projects succeed.
In the woods we return to reason and faith. – Ralph Waldo Emerson