18. Protect and restore local woodlands and open spaces

As neighborhood foresters, we work hard to protect the trees we have planted. Sometimes we are so busy planting new trees we do not notice new housing or commercial developers who are removing existing trees. While development is a common aspect of life, we need to protect open spaces for ourselves, for local wildlife and for the generations that follow us.


Areas of Interest: Connecting to Government, looking Around, Physical Labor, Thinking and Investigating
Ingredients: Large piece of land, team of volunteers
Directions:
Conservation of existing woodlands – Explore the outlying areas around your home and note the forested areas. Share particularly appealing areas with friends.
Check with your local Planning Department to learn 1) what the zoning status on your forested area is, and 2) current proposals for development on other forested parcels. Share ideas with your government representative about protecting local woodlands and open spaces.
Habitat restoration – Multi-acre plots of land provide natural-state restoration opportunities. The key to success is building coalitions. Local biologists, planners, educators, heavy equipment operators, nurseries, environmental organizations and others must embrace a shared goal. Once a group is formed, the first goal is gaining permission to restore the selected piece of land. The second challenge is actually restoring it. Finally, you will need a devoted group of people over the years to monitor and manage the land.