YES, WE CAN!
Can our efforts help save our forests? Yes, we can! CleanAir has been working to protect forests with organization worldwide that strengthen our communities. Trees for the Earth is one of our most ambitious campaigns. We plan to plant 7.8 billion trees and we have already planted millions of trees on 6 different continents.
1.Select your type of tree planting project that you are interested to organize
Some possible good tree planting projects include an Arbor Day Celebration, Park Tree Planting, Street Tree Inventory, etc.
2. Get your support
Decide who you will get support and permission from, and also consider who needs to participate in this project
3. Set the event date and organize a committee
Be sure to set an appropriate date for the event. Committees may meet on a regular basis, such as weekly or more often, or meetings may be called irregularly when needed
4. Choose the right location to plant the right tree
Think about the soil moisture level, or soil conditions, etc. Matching plants to conditions in your location can help the plants survive and thrive. Don’t plant trees that will grow too large in small areas. Also always avoid planting under or around telephone lines, power or too close to buildings
5. Analyze needs and conduct a cost analysis on donations
Make a detailed outline of the potential risks and gains of the planting project and also a list of potential donors when possible
6. Raise funds
Find a way to bring donors together, for example hold a fundraising event at a restaurant. Before holding a fundraising event, make a budget listing all of the expenses that will be needed to hold the event
7. Search for volunteers
It’s important that volunteers are clear about their roles and responsibilities in a tree planting project
8. Request trees and supplies
Order trees and the supplies you need months in advance
9. Invite media and try to get media coverage
Try to get media coverage in order to increase awareness of your event before, during and afterwards. Send your invitation to reporters and bloggers with the 5W’s---who, what, when, where and why to stand out from the crowd.
10. Create a schedule for the event
Develop a timeline for the different components of the event
11. Preapare the location
Make sure the place is ready. Trees need room to develop root systems underground and branches above ground.
12. Collect supplies and equipment for planting day
Make sure all the supplies and equipment are ready to go on panting day
13. Teach participants how to plan their own trees based on the kind of tree they are going to plant
Provide instruction to make sure the best planting process
14. Set up arrangement for trees routine maintenance and care
Regular follow-up maintenance is necessary for trees’ health, and this will make sure if tress will continue to grow. Follow-up care includes tree inspection, fertilization, pruning, etc.
15. Reward volunteers
Thank volunteers and other who helped right after the event. A handwriting note, sincerely crafted email or even a verbal thank you is a simple way of showing that you appreciate someone’s hard work.
16. Wrap up and evaluation
Evaluation may be completed by people in attendance at the event, committees, volunteers, or people who coordinated the event.