6. Join your local “Tree Group”

Across America, volunteers have built organizations to advocate and care for trees and community forests. These national, state and local groups form an extensive network. They need your support and participation.

Areas of Interest: Networking, Technology, Thinking and Investigating
Ingredients: Telephone, computer with internet access
Directions: By visiting TreeLink at www.treelink.org, you can find urban and community forestry organizations by state. National organizations such as the Alliance for Community Trees, American Forests, and the National Arbor Day Foundation have listings by area. If there are no organizations in your immediate area, try the two or three nearest you. They may have names of people in your community interested in your urban forest.
Once you have located a local organization, request information about their current programs, projects and upcoming events. Inquire about membership and ask to be placed on the mailing list.
Get to know your local group by reaching out to their staff and volunteers. Ask if they have trees, educational presentations or other resources available to the community. Invite the executive director to lunch. And when you are ready, consider serving on a committee, volunteering to sit on the board of directors, or providing leadership in some other capacity.