Want to be a Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Forester?

Our Aims and Goals:

  • Building community, and evolving our skills and capacity as we collaborate face to face
  • Bringing back, and enhancing, life in our public commons in a way that enhances health and accessibility for all
  • Enabling a daily reconnection with nature unique to our bioregion
  • Create and practice what we’d like to see grow city and watershed-wide
  • Demonstrate public food forests that thrive solely on passively harvested rain and stormwater – no pumped or extracted waters from wells, or municipal systems.
  • Continually grow and deepen our understanding and beneficially reciprocal relationships with our plant, animal, insect, soil, human, and watershed communities

Levels of Foresters

Note that we will help train and support you
to rise to the level you desire and commit to

Level 1

  • Attend a community Pruning & Mulching workshop
    or a community Rain & Tree planting
  • Commit to caring for your own adjoining right-of-way (keep all sight lines clear, reuse cut-up prunings on-site as mulch, regularly clean up litter, replant if vegetation dies or is removed, weed out invasives; keep footpath clear to 5’ width and 7’ height clearance, shade hardscape with trees and use runoff from hardscape to irrigate that vegetation)
  • Commit to helping care for a neighborhood chicane or traffic circle for one year (keep all sight lines clear, reuse cut-up prunings on-site as mulch, regularly clean up litter, replant if vegetation dies or is removed, weed out invasives)
  • Be able to identify at least 5 trees (3 native) and 5 shrubs (3 native)
  • Have harvested, processed, and consumed at least one native edible

Level 2

  • Commitments of Level 1 and…
  • Attend both a community Pruning & Mulching workshop and a community Rain & Tree planting workshop
  • Commit to organizing and working with neighbors to care for their block’s right-of-way
  • Be able to identify at least 10 trees (6 native), and 10 shrubs & groundcover (6 native); plus their ethnobotanical uses; and their ideal rain garden zone(s)
  • Put in native pollinator habitat (native pollinator plants, native bee houses, etc. on your property or other site
  • Incorporate native edible and medicinal plants on your property or other site
  • Start mentoring first level foresters
  • Co-organize/supervise/teach aspects of forestry events (tree planting, pruning, mulching, etc)
  • Get certified by Tucson Audubon’s Habitat at Home, Goldfinch level

Level 3

  • Commitments of Levels 1 and 2 and…
    – Mentoring first and second level foresters
  • Must help another neighborhood organize a forestry event
  • Lead organize/supervise/teach aspects of forestry events
  • Plant and begin to grow plants from seed in-situ and/or in nursery pots
  • Get certified by Tucson Audubon’s Habitat at Home, Thrasher level
  • Get training from another forestry group (Desert Harvesters, Mission Gardens, Watershed Management Group, Sonoran Permaculture Guild)

Level 4

  • Commitments of Levels 1, 2, and 3, and…
  • Must plant tree or shrub in-situ from seed and grow the plant to the age of bearing more seed
  • Mentor first, second, and third level foresters
    • Get certified by Tucson Audubon’s Habitat at Home, Cardinal level
    • Get certified by another forestry related group – WMG WHC course, Sonoran Permaculture Guild PDC, Desert Harvesters Harvest Guide

Each level lifts your skills and capacity, while enabling you to help others lift higher. Each level also comes with more mentoring and educational support, and perhaps even some pruning tools and official Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Foresters shirt.

Currently planned events

  • Monthly Stewarding and Planting of traffic circles and chicanes in neighborhood, along with the right-of-way plantings of fellow foresters — you help us and we help you!
  • Foresters meet ups to have fun, brainstorm, and evolve our potential as we also enjoy beverages
  • Pruning and Mulching workshop, February, 11th
  • Pruning and Mulching post-monsoon, September 2nd
  • Rain & Tree Planting, November, date to be determined

Sign Up

Contact Brad Lancaster, bradlank@gmail.com or Omar Ore-Giron nativeroots.az@gmail.com to sign up.

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