BREAKING NEW GROUND
TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter from Board President Letter from Executive Director A NEW Vision for Tulsa - Urban Forest Master Plan Forming NEW Partnerships ReNEWed Numbers / Impact Breaking NEW Ground Financials Board List Donors
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One of the greatest pleasures in my life has been my involvement in efforts to make Tulsa a better community. As Board President of Up With Trees, I am certain that there is no better cause than the work done by this organization. Each Tulsan benefits every day from Up With Treesâ€™ efforts in planting trees along our roads, our parks and our paths through the community. I pass dozens of sites each day and my eyes are drawn to the trees and I know the work it took to plant each one. Volunteers and staff work together to make a significant impact. Coordinating outreach to thousands of people, leading education in the schools and watering double shifts all summer wouldnâ€™t happen without the people who work hard every day. Ultimately, I love all trees and am often found taking pictures of them when I travel. But if you asked me what my favorite tree is, my answer would be one of the trees planted here in Tulsa -- maybe at a park or a school. My favorite tree would be one planted by Up With Trees, because I know that everybody involved will do everything they can to help it thrive and bloom for generations to come. Up With Trees makes a difference and will continue to do so because of our mission, our volunteers and a remarkable staff. Our roots are deep; our trunk is strong; may our crown bear fruit and flowers for generations to come.
Michael Patton, Up With Trees Board President
do in a new way. Instead of simply talking about the beauty of trees, we started a broader conversation about the benefits of trees. Instead of doing broad outreach and tree education, we more firmly codified our youth education outreach into a Tree School program and significantly expanded our adult education programs. But possibly most importantly, we embarked on several new projects that have given us the opportunity to truly showcase what we can do. In the spring, we partnered to plant the Tisdale Food Forest -- a new venture into the world of food sustainability and serving the Tulsa community. In the summer, we kicked off the beginning of an Urban Forest Master Plan -- a new project that will engage stakeholders from multiple sectors in the community. And in the fall, we began a major planting project along I-44 to add thousands of trees to that landscape -- our newest and largest planting project to date.
Dear Friends, 2015 was a year in which we â€œbroke new ground.â€? While it is true that we break new ground every time we plant a tree, 2015 was a year in which we expanded our horizons, embarked on new projects and explored new opportunities through collaborations and partnerships.
New plantings, new projects, and new relationships with people like you. Thank you for all you do to support our organization and for the impact you help us to make.
In many ways, we were the same organization -- we were out in the community planting trees and educating people about the importance of trees and the urban forest. Yet, in 2015, we began talking about the work that we
Steve Grantham, Executive Director
A NEW VISION FOR TULSA URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN
Trees positively affect human and public health and provide many environmental, economic, and social benefits. Beautiful tree-lined streets and highways not only improve the look and feel of the city, but also improve air quality and increase economic development. By managing the urban forest proactively, trees serve as assets rather than liabilities. Because of this, Up With Trees has begun the creation of an Urban Forest Master Plan for Tulsa. Our goal in the development of the Urban Forest Master Plan is to create a sustainable plan that identifies the needs of the Tulsa community and assesses how those needs can be addressed through the planting and maintaining of Tulsa’s trees. By making a commitment today to care for the trees of tomorrow, we ensure a lush and green legacy to leave for future generations. To begin this process, Up With Trees held a Symposium in June of 2015, inviting public and private stakeholders to engage in a conversation concerning the opportunities and challenges Tulsa faces in growing and maintaining a healthy urban forest. At the Symposium, information was gathered regarding the main concerns people had about Tulsa’s trees, and a team was formed to serve as the Advisory Council to help develop the master plan. This Advisory Council includes people from the city, local foundations and corporations, Tulsa Public Schools and local tree experts. After the Symposium, Up With Trees partnered with Davey Resource Group to gather data about the current state of Tulsa’s trees and develop a 20-year plan for the future of the urban forest. More than 1,500 surveys have also been collected to engage the public and give local citizens a voice in what they would like to see as part of this vision as well. This is just the beginning of what will be a long-term vision for Tulsa and what our landscape will look like and be like in the coming years. 5
By making a commitment today to care for the trees of tomorrow, we ensure a lush and green legacy to leave for future generations.
FORMING NEW DICK CONNER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
In 2015, Up With Trees partnered with Dick Conner Correctional Center to provide seedlings to the inmates going through the Tulsa Community College education program. Our Education Coordinator, John Kahre, has been teaching the inmates to grow the seedlings into three-gallon container trees which will then be distributed to the public at the 2017 Eco-Fest. One of the members of the class wrote the following letter explaining the impact this project has had on his life:
My name is Cody, and I have been incarcerated at Dick Conner’s Correctional Center Minimum Security Unit since March of 2015. I started working in the Education building in the college office as a clerk that May. I immediately took a liking to all the horticulture programs and projects that are happening here. I quickly got very involved in the care and overseeing of the greenhouse and take great pride in what we have produced and accomplished. Thanks to our partnership with Up With Trees, we currently have a greenhouse full of trees ready to go to Eco-fest at Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus. We are hoping to grow around 500 trees for next year. This program has helped me strive to be a better person and to use my time more wisely. I’m learning time management skills, horticulture skills, tree care skills and I’m enjoying being active. It brings the guys out here tremendous joy to watch things we have personally planted grow from seeds to plants. There aren’t many opportunities in a prison setting, and this is by far the most enriching program provided at Dick Conner Correctional Center. Thank you for all your individual support. You’ll never know how much we truly appreciate all you have given us.
PARTNERSHIPS TISDALE FOOD FOREST
Board member and Citizen Forester, Nathan Pickard, approached Up With Trees with an idea to create a sustainable food forest in 2015 along the Tisdale Highway just behind the Brady Heights Neighborhood. By planting fruit and nut trees near the walkway behind the houses, people in the neighborhood have access to the trees and the food they provide. This collaboration resulted through a partnership with the neighborhood, Up With Trees, the Reed Jules Oppenheimer Foundation, the City of Tulsa and Crossover Community Impact. One of the neighbors from
Brady Heights explained the importance of this food forest to the community, saying:
Amending a Greek Proverb, Nelson Henderson is quoted as saying: The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. The Tisdale Food Forest takes this meaning even deeper. It offers individuals food and education within a community that extends beyond humans to plants, animals and bugs alike. Like Henderson, this is a gift given from the present to the future. Unlike his sentiment, though, it is a reality we are able to experience together, in our own backyard, now.
FORMING NEW TULSA HOUSING AUTHORITY
With the help of a long-time donor to the organization, Up With Trees had the opportunity to plant 150 trees at two Tulsa Housing Authority apartment complexes in 2015 -- Sandy Park and Parkview Terrace Apartments. In the process, we had the opportunity to plant the trees with the children who live in those neighborhoods, and one of the young girls shared her thoughts about the importance of the trees to where she lives.
A NEW Major Planting Effort on I-44
Thanks to generous donations from the Tulsa Beautification Foundation and their donors, Up With Trees has had the opportunity to re-introduce greenery to the Tulsa landscape through a major planting effort from Riverside to Yale along I-44. The project, which includes the addition of more than 2,000 trees, 92,000 square feet of wildflower beds and 27,000 square feet of landscaped beds, was kicked off on November 7th by the Up With Trees Board and volunteers. Over a two month period, our Operations crew was able to plant 900 of the trees in the plan and the landscape is looking more beautiful day by day.
NEW Faces, NEW Classes, NEW Opportunities Each year, we welcome new volunteers into the Up With Trees family through our Citizen Forester classes, our weekly volunteer opportunities or our education classes. In 2015, Up With Trees had more than 500 volunteers who contributed more than 11,000 volunteer hours to help us achieve our mission of beautifying Tulsa by planting trees and creating urban forestry awareness through education.
Revenue Tree Sites Contributions Events Miscellaneous
775,851 122,179 252,689 52,858
65% 10% 21% 4%
Insurance & Sale of Asset, Investment Income, Grants
Programs Administrative Fundraising
986,152 78% 84,493 7% 188,107 15%
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