Characteristics of a Successful Project

Panaewa_ZooBegin with a well defined goal with expert input and detailed planning.

  • Create a positive environmental change
  • Advanced Planning
    • A comprehensive planning effort by a cross section of the community. Develop a short and long term master plan.
  • Continuous Committed Leadership
    • 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.
  • Volunteer Commitment
    • Volunteer commitment needs to long-term and includes maintaining the trees. Long term may include paid experts.
  • Volunteer Involvement on Planting Day
    • Refreshments are provided for volunteers.
    • Volunteers are trained beforehand and assigned specific responsibilities.
    • Adequate equipment is provided for volunteers.
    • Prep work is done prior to planting (clean area of weeds, dig holes)
    • Volunteers consider the planting stewardship.
  • Community Building
    • The community is informed via announcements or other advertising methods.
  • Inter-agency Partnership
    • Potential partners are provided a clear vision of the project which is clearly defined and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers.
  • Appropriate Plant Selection
    • Appropriate plants are selected for the planting area.
    • Qualified experts are asked for information and guidance.
    • Maintenance requirements are clearly defined.
    • Considerations are given to what the plant will look like at maturity.
    • Utility line clearance above and below ground is considered.
  • Proper Horticultural Procedures on Planting Day
    • A qualified arborist is present on planting day to supervise activities, and assists with plant selection at nursery.
    • One trained supervisor oversees 5-10 volunteers.
    • Adequate mulch is provided.
  • Short Term Maintenance
    • Well defined, technically correct plan
    • Adequate mulch to provide moisture/weed control
    • Pest control
    • Involvement of technically qualified individual
    • Adequate resources – tools, time and training materials
    • Water – monitor and trouble shooting
  • Long Term Maintenance – More Than One Year
    • Adequate mulch, weed and pest control, pruning with arborist.
  • Trees Alive or Flourishing After Two Years and Five Years
    • Trees are structurally sound, healthy, with proper form and shape.