Knowledge is power. The more people are aware of problems facing wildlife, the more likely they are to take action. Why not encourage your community to develop an urban forest policy? Some cities have already implemented such policies because of concerns raised by the public.
Approach an urban forestry officer with your ideas and draw up a policy proposal for your community. Get permission to present it to city council. The following are some recommendations you might include:
• Create a public relations strategy to educate your community about the value of urban forests.
• Devise a way to record public input on discussions regarding urban forest concerns.
• Establish and maintain a master list of hardy urban plants suited to your climatic zone.
• Develop a computerized tree inventory for your area.
• Implement a policy stating that any tree removed from the community will be replaced.
• Establish a paper recycling program if your community doesn't have one. Find ways to cut down on paper use.