This is the October 2012 Tree-Planting Project Plan. It will show project steps and who has committed to do what. Please check it periodically and communicate to email@example.com what you are doing so everyone can stay on the same page.
Site and tree analysis:
1. Kat to review sites on Anderson Ln, make recommendations for about 10 trees
1. Steven to investigate HEB grant. - http://www.heb.com/page/about-us/community/community-involvement They require a federal 501C3 exemption letter, which we don't have yet
3. Kat to see about IBM contact
4. Kat to look into CNA,
5. Jonathan to attend 8/13 VCCW meeting for funding of Crestview-Brentwood trees
6. Kat to talk to manager of Craigo's pizza about donating pizza
7. Peggy to investigate other opportunities, incl. Habitat Stewards
8. Steve to follow up with NSCNA, Wooten NA for contributions
9. Steven to put out listserv updates to drive contributions - everyone to respond to updates to raise profile
--Steven to prepare grant proposal for Urban Forestry Program - see draft below, attached
--From Beth - http://atxawesome.tumblr.com/. $1000/mo grants. Applied - 7/10
-- Steven to approach NSC, Wooten NAs
-- Steven to post draft grant proposals to this site for reference
1. Listserv announcements
2. Treefolks and KAB lists
3. Peggy to announce to Habitat Stewards
4. Boy scouts (talk to David Mintz in Allandale)
5. McCallum honor students
6. UT volunteer day?
1. Kat to write up article for newsletters, to drive donations
2. Contact TV, newspapers (press release?)
4. Project plan
1. Tree planting date for Burnet is Saturday September 22 from 9 am to 12 noon. Rain date is Sat Sep 29 9 to noon. People can arrive at 8:30 for training. Tree planting for Crestview-Brentwood is Oct 13 9 to 12.
4. Morning work will be on the west side of Burnet from Steck to Ohlen and a couple north of Penny - 13 trees (mostly 5g trees)
6. This will include training on waterboxx installation
Kat - We could also provide a large cooler of water and maybe even some free coffe from genuine joe. They always give to tree and park projects in the hood. I've got two folding tables for the refreshment hub. We'll need a few trash bags and a roll of paper towels. Volunteers need to bring tools, gloves, water bottle of whatever else they think they need.
1. There are about 125-135 potential places to plant trees on Burnet between Anderson and 183. Most of the spots are on the North Shoal Creek side because there is more ROW there.
2. For the October 2012 planting season, we will determine how many trees we can plant based on the success of the current waterboxx trial, and on how many trees we can support watering plans for.
Trees:4" liners for waterboxxes, otherwise 5-gallon container trees
Large or medium trees:
Monterrey White Oak - evergreen, oak-wilt resistant, 40 ft height, 35 ft spread
Texas Red Oak - deciduous, 40 ft height, 25 ft spread
Anacua - evergreen, 45 ft height, 40 ft spread, fast-growing
Nina Hawkins from Treefolks: "I have heard only good things about Anacua. They are drought resistant as all get-out and interesting looking too. It does freeze back in North Texas but we should rarely have that problem with them here. Here's a little more info from NPIN - a great resource! http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=EHAN "
http://www.yuccado.com/ehretia-anacua.html - nursery near Victoria, sells 1g Anacuas for $14.50.
http://home.earthlink.net/~madronenursery/availability.html Madrone nursery in San Marcos 512-353-3944 seem to have Anacuas
Big-tooth maples - deciduous, 40/25.
They are kind of hard to find. But I certainly haven't heard anything negative about them, other than rumors about them grow well in certain spots and not doing well at all in other areas of Austin. The following is my best guess: They are native to this area in the Edwards Plateau, so it probably has to do with the soil composition - better in calcareous, rocky soils than in the clays. These trees grow in canyons where they receive runoff water. So, I'm not sure that a flat ROW with fill dirt would be the best environment for them. If you have some areas that are inclined, where they'll get runoff, but not inundation would probably be best.
In regards to the size, our Tree Growing Guide that we created in partnership with Austin Energy and the 2 below are somewhat variable. I would think that in a street environment it would stay pretty small, maybe even shrubby, unless it were irrigated.
Utility-compatible small trees:
Yaupon Holly - evergreen, slow-growing
Urban tree care article - http://www.clemson.edu/extfor/urban_tree_care/forlf17.htm
1) Shu-Shu's, - They are ok with 1 medium tree, 1 small tree on Burnet, and 3 small trees on Ohlen
2) the Dairy Queen - not against, will ask some questions
3) strip center on NW corner of Burnet@Buell - Property owner worried about sign visibility. Trying to get meeting with developer of restaurant remodel to understand what they are doing
4) Burnet Road Animal Hospital - will water 2 trees!
5) EduCare - business is ok with trees, but we need to buffer them from parking
6) Cavender Boots - interested - asked us to submit proposal to corporate office
7) strip center with Sarovar/Slick Willie's/Common Interest - No response - wait until next Spring
8) Auto supply center south of Waterloo Ice House - not supportive
9) Strip center on NW corner of Rockwood - not supportive
10) Aquatek - property owner worried about liability
See attached 'Capture' for details on where CapMetro will install their BRT shelters. James Gamez suggested deferring plantings at these locations since any trees would be at risk during construction. T
1. The biggest risk is whether the Slick Willies center will oppose planting trees. Their site has capacity for up to 20 trees.
2. Dairy Queen is the second biggest risk - they have a strategic location where we need trees
3. Fund raising is the final unknown at this time.
1. The big potential constraint is proximity to utility poles. Different sources have given us different rules about how close we can be - 10 ft, 14 ft or 20 ft. If it's 20 ft, we're in trouble. If it's 10 or 14 ft, we're good. Alan Hughes from COA Transportation Dept is going to check on this for us.
Zettner, Randow, Donnelly, Adair, Rhoden, Correa, Burek
Planting & Maintenance Committee:
Arellano, Whitworth, Seymour, Ray, Baker, Burek, Gregory
Business Outreach Script:
1. Pick one or two less strategic business prospects to try this out first and practice, before going to the more strategic prospects
2. Call ahead, get name, phone, email of business manager. Ask when a good time would be to drop by to talk. If they ask purpose, say "we're planting trees in the public Right of Way this October and wanted to discuss it with you before hand."
3. Some people prefer phone or email. Be flexible in how to communicate.
4. Send the contact info and any intel to Steven so we can be building up a rolodex. Check on number of trees or other details relevant to that business so you have facts to share.
5. At the meeting, do the following:
-- Introduce yourself, explain you're with a non-profit, Sustainable Neighborhoods, that works with area neighborhood associations on planting trees along Burnet
-- The goal of the tree-plantings is to make it easier for nearby residents, especially people in apartments, to reach local businesses (restaurants especially benefit)
-- Show color pictures - the tree map (attached below), pictures of trees we've already planted (attached below)
-- Use the pictures to show that it will be many years before the trees reach maturity, so there's no short-term impact to visibility. But longer term, more and more people will be reaching businesses by foot, bike or transit. So the trees are a win-win.
-- Tell them we won't plant trees where adjacent businesses are opposed. But we'll plant bigger trees where adjacent businesses are supportive and can help with watering.
-- Mention the Infiniti dealership support. "They want to plant big live oaks, just like the developer is doing at 8100 Burnet."
-- If the business is near Ohlen, mention the rapid bus stop being planned for in front of Shu-Shus. Amount of foot traffic is going to increase in next few years.
-- Ask what they think.
-- If they are willing to sponsor us, we will arrange promotion of their business in nearby neighborhoods
-- Desired outcomes: 1) avoid a "No" 2) if they have water, we can use it 3) they would help water or donate towards the project
6. Send email thank you if they didn't give a hard "No."