The following is an eclectic and in some cases utterly subjective collection of publications that we've gone back to more than once. We hope they will astound you with facts, inspire your children, satisfy your curiosity, tell you stories, occasionally depress you, but ultimately uplift you on your journey.


Baker, Richard St. Barbe, My Life My Trees (Findhorn, Scotland: Findhorn Publications, 1970).

Berger, John J., Restoring the Earth (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985).

Brown, Lester, State of the World 1990 (New York: Norton, 1990).

Caplan, Ruth, and the staff of Environmental Action, Our Earth, Ourselves (New York: Bantam Books, 1990).

Cherry, Lynne, The Great Kapok Tree (Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990).

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax (New York: Random House, 1971).

Earth Works Group, The, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth (Berkeley, CA: The Earth Works Press, 1989).

Elkington, John, Julia Hailes, and Joel Mackower, The Green Consumer Guide (New York: Penguin Books, 1990).

Giono, Jean, The Man Who Planted Trees (Chelsea, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1985).

The Global 2000 Report to the President (New York: Penguin, 1982).

Harris, R. W., Arboriculture (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1983).

Huxley, Anthony, Green Inheritance (Garden City, NY: Anchor Press, Doubleday & Co., 1985).

Johnson, Craig W. et al., Urban and Community Forestry: A Guide for the Interior Western United States (Ogden, UT: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Intermountain Region, 1990). Copies are available through Extension Publications, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 84322-5015, (801) 750-1363, at $13.50 per copy.

Joseph, Lawrence E., GAIA: The Growth of an Idea (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990).

Kourik, Robert, Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally (Santa Rosa, CA: Metaphoric Press, 1984).

Moll, Gary, and Sara Ebenreck, Shading Our Cities (Washington, DC: Island Press, 1989).

Myers, Norman, GAIA: An Atlas of Planet Management (Garden City, NY: Anchor Press, 1984).

Newman, Arnold, The Tropical Rainforest: A World Survey of Our Most Valuable Endangered Habitats—With a Blueprint for Its Survival (New York: Facts on File, 1990).

Perlin, John, A Forest Journey (New York: Norton, 1989).

Ranger Rick's NatureScope: Trees Are Terrific (Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation, 1989).

Seeds of Woody Plants in the United States, Agriculture Handbook No. 450 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1974).

Shigo, A. L., A New Tree Biology Dictionary: Terms, Topics, and Treatments for Trees and Their Problems and Proper Care (Durham, NH: Shigo and Trees Associates, 1986).

Warner, Irving R., The Art of Fund Raising, rev. ed. (New York: Bantam Books, 1984). Available for $7.50 directly from the author at 11650 Riverside Dr., #6, North Hollywood, CA 91605. (Even if you don't need to raise millions, Wamer's psychology will help you muster what you need, and help you do it in the right way.)

Species-Selection Books

Little, Elbert L., The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees (New York: Knopf, 1980. These guides are available by region. Consult the appropriate guide for your region.


Brockman, C. Frank, Trees of North America: A Field Guide to Major Native and Introduced Species North of Mexico (Golden Press, 1968).

Dirr, Michael A., Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses (Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing, 1990).

Grimm, William Carey, The Illustrated Book of Trees with Keys for Summer and Winter Identification, rev. ed. (Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1983).


Perry, Bob, Trees and Shrubs For Dry California Landscapes (San Dimas, CA: Land Design Publishing, 1987).

Sunset Western Garden Book (Menlo Park, CA: Lane Publishing, 1988).

Technical Bibliography

Buchhorn, R., D. Jones, and D. Robertson, eds. Urban Forestry Handbook: A Guide to the Management of Urban Bushlands (Victoria, Australia: Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands, Melbourne region, 1989).

Chan, F. J., R. W. Harris, and A. T. Leiser, "Direct Seeding Woody Plants in the Landscape," Leaflet 2577 (University of California-Davis, Division of Agricultural Sciences, January 1977).

Coder, K. D., "Tree Watering," "Drought and Trees," "Diagnosing Tree Problems" (Extension Forest Resources, University of Georgia, April 1989).

Coder, K. D., "Trees and Soils" (Extension Forest Resources, University of Georgia, March 1989).

Harris R. W., Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California-Davis. Arboriculture: Care of Trees, Shrubs, and Vines in the Landscape (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1983).

Harris, R. W., Jack L. Paul, and Andrew T. Leiser. "Fertilizing Woody Plants, " Leaflet 2958 (University of California-Davis, Division of Agricultural Sciences, August 1977).

Harris, R. W., W. D. Hamilton, W. B. Davis, and A. T. Leiser. "Pruning Landscape Trees," Leaflet 2574, University of California-Davis, Division of Agricultural Sciences. Reprinted January 1978).

Harris, R. W. et al., "Staking Landscape Trees," Leaflet 2576 (University of California-Davis, Division of Agricultural Sciences, March 1982).

Moll, G., "The Best Way to Plant Trees," American Forests, March/April 1990.

Moll, G., and J. Urban, "Planting for LongTerm Tree Survival," Shading Our Cities, ed. by Gary Moll and Sara Ebenreck (Washington, DC: Island Press, 1989).

Ornamental Trees, Time-Life Gardening Series (Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1988).

Shigo, A. L., A New Tree Biology Dictionary: Terms, Topics, and Treatments for Trees and Their Problems and Proper Care (Durham, NH: Shigo and Trees Associates, 1986).

Shigo, A. L., K. Vollbrecht, and N. Hvass. Tree Biology and Tree Care: A Photo Guide (Durham, NH: Shigo and Trees Associates, 1987).

Sunset Western Garden Book (Menlo Park, CA: Lane Publishing, 1988).

Taylor, N., Taylor's Guide to Trees. Based on Taylor's Encyclopedia of Gardening, 4th ed., rev. by Gordon P. DeWolfe, Jr. (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1988).

"Tree Care" pamphlet (Illinois Department of Conservation, Division of Forest Resources).

Tree City USA Bulletin, "Living with Urban Soils" (Nebraska City, NE: National Arbor Day Foundation).

Urban Forestry Handbook: A Guide to the Management of Urban Bushlands (International Society of Arboriculture, Western Chapter, "Pruning Standards." No publication date.)

World Forestry Center and Robin Morgan, consult. A Technical Guide to Community and Urban Forestry in Washington, Oregon and California (Portland, OR: World Forestry Center, 1989).


Ranger Rick. Published by the National Wildlife Federation, this monthly magazine is for ages six to twelve.

Urban Forests: The Magazine of Community Trees. Available free from the National Urban Forest Council via the American Forestry Association.

Utne Reader. Eric Utne publishes "a field guide to the emerging culture" bi-monthly, using extracts from a multitude of publications to present a fresh and thought-provoking overview of selected subjects in each issue.

Whole Earth Review. Provides "the conscious reader" with the most contemporary tools and ideas for environmental, social, cultural, and political activism. It refrains from taking an editorial stand in an effort to present a variety of positions.

World Watch Magazine. This bimonthly magazine of the Worldwatch Institute provides a global framework for organizations working on energy, environmental, food, population, and peace issues.

National Organizations

There are countless valuable local organizations, known best to you, to speed your way in this venture. The following national organizations may be of particular help.

American Association of Nurserymen (1250 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, 202-789-2900) sets the standards for nursery stock and can send you a list of its certified members. Member or not, any nursery should be asked if it adheres to these standards.

American Forest Council (1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, 202-463-2468) represents the forest-products industry and is sponsor of Project Learning Tree, a teacher-training program and curriculum packet for school-age children.

American Forestry Association (P.O. Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013, 202-6673300) is a powerhouse of information for citizen foresters. It is the current underwriter of the National Urban Forest Council and its publication is called Urban Forests: The Magazine of Community Trees. Publisher of many excellent works, including Shading Our Cities, American Forests Magazine, and the Urban Forestry Home Workbook series, AFA also sponsors the National Urban Forestry Conference and Global ReLeaf, a national and now international network of citizen groups working to put life back into urban forests. We recommend you become a member to take advantage of this great resource.

California Rare Fruit Growers (Fullerton Arboretum, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 92634, 714-773-3250) has members around the world. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and a yearbook, and local groups meet to discuss the growing of unusual fruits.

Cooperative Extension Service organizations are usually sponsored by the county and offer programs through local colleges and schools.

The Foundation Center (79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, 212-620-4230) is a clearinghouse for over 170 libraries around the country that are geared to assist grant-seekers. Your nearest will be a precious resource if you decide to form a nonprofit corporation.

International Society of Arboriculture (P.O. Box 908, Urbana, IL 61801, 217-328-2032) produces a set of tree-pruning standards that should be used as minimum requirements for both private and municipal tree-care contracts. It provides ongoing education to its members via regional meetings, annual conferences, and the Journal of Arboriculture. It sponsors vital research to advance the knowledge of planting, pruning, feeding, and even improved species development. It produces a list of certified members and several guides and directories including a new book on city ordinances—the Municipal Tree Manual–which is available directly from ISA for twenty-five dollars.

National Arbor Day Foundation (100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, 402-474-5655) is the sponsor of Tree City USA, a program to encourage and acknowledge the work of public and private sector alike in the beautifying of American cities. Single copies of Tree City USA bulletins, including those on tree selection and soil analysis, both of which we highly recommend, are available free of charge from the foundation.

National Volunteer Center (1111 N. Nineteenth Street, #500, Arlington, VA 22209, 800-637-7799) is a clearinghouse that provides technical assistance and training, operates a library service, and distributes publications. They can refer you to your local center, which could be a valuable resource for project volunteers.

National Wildlife Federation (1400 Sixteenth Street, N. W., Washington, DC 20036-2266, 202-797-6800) is the world's largest organization of private citizens promoting the wise use of natural resources. It publishes books, magazines for members (including Ranger Rick), and other educational materials like the "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" packet, which is free of charge and filled with ideas for creating a safe and happy home for other creatures.

Rails to Trails Conservancy (1400 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036, 202-797-5400) works with local recreation and conservation organizations to convert abandoned railroad corridors to public trails.

TreeNet (P.O. Box 52105, Durham, NC 27717-2105, 919-493-1087) is a national, urban-forestry electronic-information network that includes legislative bulletins, model ordinances, employment listings, and urban-professional and congressional databases.

Worldwatch Institute (1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, 202-452-1999) is a research organization concerned with identifying and analyzing emerging global problems and trends and bringing them to the attention of leaders, opinion makers, and the general public. The institute publishes State of the World, an annual report of its findings, along with the bimonthly World Watch Magazine.

Tree Groups

The following is a partial (and very limited) list of established private tree groups. Before you start anything, if you live where they are, call them! Also try calling or writing to the American Forestry Association (listed above) for details. AFA maintains a contact list of groups that are active under the Global ReLeaf banner. You can also contact your local government or state forester for information on active groups, or simply contact the group below that's nearest to you. It's likely they can refer you to someone closer to home.

California ReLeaf
2112 Tenth Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 497-0034

Dallas Parks Foundation

400 S. Record
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 977-6653

Environmental Action Coalition
625 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-1601

Fort Collins Re-Leaf
633 South College
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(303) 224-2634

Friends of Trees
P. O. Box 40851
Portland, OR 97240
(503) 282-2155

Irvington Forestry Foundation
P.O. Box 2772
Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 736-9500

220 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 427-4256

Philadelphia Green
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
325 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8280

Tree New Mexico
Alvarado Square T-NM
Albuquerque, NM 87158
(505) 848-4554

Trees Atlanta
96 Poplar Street N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 522-4097

Trees Forever
5190 42d Street N.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 373-0650

Trees For Houston
P.O. Box 13096
Houston, TX 77219
(713) 523-8733

P.O. Box 11506
Salt Lake City, UT 84147-0506
(801) 972-9322

Tucson Clean and Beautiful
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726
(602) 791-3109

When thoughts, dreams, concerns, fears, and hopes about an idea all pounce on you at once, they can hamper the clarity that's essential for any successful project.

Are you unsure of the first step to take? Have you been derailed by setbacks real or imagined? Do you want an almost foolproof way to cover details for your upcoming project? Have you ever lost sleep over the fear you've forgotten something vital? If so, these workbooks, based on TreePeople's own project development checklists, will be an invaluable tool.

Even if you're superconfident, use them to capture your ideas, to assist you to the next level, to measure your progress, to congratulate yourself as you complete each step, and to compare your original vision with your finished product. They'll not only help you find shortcuts for future projects, but will be priceless guides for those who become inspired by your success.

Sharpen your pencil!



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