August 28, 2008
National NeighborWoods Month is a united campaign to celebrate trees and raise awareness for the value of urban forests. During October, tree groups across the U.S. will engage thousands of volunteers in stewardship events and educational programs, communicating a shared message that trees are essential to the health and livability of communities. Last year, NeighborWoods Month staged 235 events in 62 cities, engaging over 15,000 volunteers in hands-on service to care for city forests.
Join this special webcast to learn how NeighborWoods Month can help you unite local efforts under a national banner to gain greater attention and leverage resources. Also come hear about this year’s event tools and how to use them with your community partners to expand your city’s celebration of NeighborWoods Month in 2008.
National NeighborWoods Month Website
Kari Smith, Community Greening Program Manager, Parks & People Foundation (Baltimore, MD)
The City of Baltimore has a goal to double the city’s tree canopy over 30 years. The public initiative is called TreeBaltimore. The plan for delivery significantly hinges on the work of Baltimore’s nonprofit community. To that end, Parks & People Foundation, Jones Falls Watershed Association, and Herring Run Watershed Association have joined forces to implement TreeBaltimore. Their initiative is called NeighborWoods. Working closely with city officials and agencies, NeighborWoods engages more citizens in tree planting and tree care, and expands mutual efforts into a marketable campaign to gain greater public awareness, knowledge, and stewardship commitment.
Adrienn Mendonca, Communications Director, Savannah Tree Foundation (Savannah, GA)
To recognize Tybee Island’s 120th birthday, the Savannah Tree Foundation, in partnership with Mayor Jason Buelterman, Councilman Paul Wolff, Councilwoman Kathryn Williams, the city manager, and Melaver, Inc. planted 120 trees at Memorial Park. The planting of live oaks commemorated Tybee’s birthday, and also included a pruning & mulching workshop for city employees, a tree care presentation for home & business owners, and a poster contest for local children. The Home Depot Foundation and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston were in attendance to recognize achievements by Savannah Tree Foundation and speak about the importance of trees in building healthy and livable communities.
Webcast attendees will learn:
* How to stage an event to help your local urban forest.
* Using the NeighborWoods Month Planning and Promotion Kit
* Funding resources available.
* Free downloadable tools, templates, and resources.
* NeighborWoods Month website.
About this Webcast
This special NeighborWoods Month webcast is made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all. The session is planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour