Characteristics of a Successful Project
Begin with a well defined goal with expert input and detailed planning.
1. Create a positive environmental change
2. Advanced Planning – A comprehensive planning effort by
a cross section of the
community. Develop a short and long term master plan.
3. Continuous Committed Leadership
a. Person/s committed to completing the grant writing process. The leader is an
excellent communicator, networks with the community, has good listening skills and delegates responsibly.
4. Volunteer Commitment
a. Volunteer commitment needs to long-term and includes maintaining the trees. Long term may include paid experts.
5. Volunteer Involvement on Planting Day
b. Volunteers are trained beforehand and assigned specific responsibilities.
c. Adequate equipment is provided for volunteers.
d. Prep work is done prior to planting (clean area of weeds, dig holes)
6. Community Building
a. The community is informed via announcements or other advertising methods.
7. Inter-agency Partnership
8. Appropriate Plant Selection
b. Qualified experts are asked for information and guidance.
c. Maintenance requirements are clearly defined.
d. Considerations are given to what the plant will look like at maturity.
e. Utility line clearance above and below ground is considered.
9. Proper Horticultural Procedures on Planting Day
a. A qualified arborist is present
on planting day to supervise activities,
and assists with plant selection at nursery.
b. One trained supervisor oversees 5-10 volunteers.
c. Adequate mulch is provided.
10. Short Term Maintenance
b. Adequate mulch to provide moisture/weed control
c. Pest control
d. Involvement of technically qualified individual
e. Adequate resources - tools, time and training materials
f. Water - monitor and trouble shooting
11. Long Term Maintenance - More Than One Year
12. Trees Alive or Flourishing After Two Years and Five Years