Off-Season Projects for Tree Planters

June 17, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
National Webcast
To everything there is a season- and in the world of community forestry planting season is an incredibly busy time. The hot days of summer present a perfect opportunity to pursue new, non-planting projects for which there may not be time during the fall, spring, and sometimes winter. Many groups take advantage of this period to advance urban forestry in their communities through creative volunteer outreach and educational programming.

Downloadable Resources
Off-Season Projects for Tree Planters Resource List
Meredith Borchardt, Project Manager and Field Coordinator, Trees Forever (Marion, IA)
To investigate the impact of shade trees, in August 2007, Trees Forever sent volunteers out canvassing in all four quadrants of Des Moines to gather temperatures in the sun and the shade. Volunteers checked temperatures in various neighborhoods around the city using infrared thermometers. They confirmed that shade can reduce the temperature by up to 40 degrees. The survey was conducted during a fairly overcast week, and if the sun had been shining more often, the temperatures would have been even more dramatic.
Jen Bruhler, Assistant Director of Urban Forestry, Delaware Center for Horticulture (Wilmington, DE)
The Delaware Center for Horticulture utilizes the off season to accomplish a number of administrative and programmatic goals. During the summer DCH staff and volunteers pursue urban forest management projects like developing Wilmington’s tree ordinance and partnering with the City’s Urban Forest Administrator to advance urban forestry in the city. At the same time, volunteer participation is maintained through activities like Free Tree Canvassing by Tree Stewards throughout the city.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Integrating off-season projects into comprehensive year-long plans and the organization’s mission.
* Utilizing tools and resources on hand for non-planting purposes.
* Developing tree-related activities and events for which warm weather is an advantage.
* Tapping into a volunteer pool that may include kids home from school for the summer.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are 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.