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debbiecm

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Review for Fairfax Releaf, Fairfax, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Fairfax Releaf reached out and invited me to a project manager training session after I asked some questions about planting native trees in urban forests. The training session provided both hands-on experience with actual stakes, deer guards and tree seedlings (crucial) as well as basic information about planning an urban tree-planting project and the value of preserving urban forests. (My favorable experience with this training led to make a contribution of more than $100--not something I can afford to do routinely or lightly.) Later, when the time came for me to undertake a project, Fairfax ReLeaf provided enthusiastic encouragement, tree seedlings, stakes and deer guards--along with technical guidance about best planting time and what trees or shrubs would do best. While avoiding any bureaucratic hassle, the experts at Fairfax Releaf still provided the guidance needed to ensure that my volunteer efforts were sucessful. They are also very dedicated--when I needed to pick up 60 seedlings on a Sunday morning, Fairfax Releaf was there. This is a small but determined organization with a very large reach--bit by bit, this is the kind of work that will help control non-point pollution in the Chesapeake and provide natural greenspaces for city dwellers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing 60 native tree seedlings and shrubs seedlings replacing non-native invasives in the common area near my house.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people in the organization. They really care about trees and the environment, and this is reflected in their enthusiasm flexibility in planning projects. They will find a way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly dedicated, and fun to know.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I do not think it needs 10 million bucks. But it does need funds for seedlings, deer guards, staff and also for outreach to spread the word about the value of trees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I learned both why and how to plant native trees in urban forests and applied that in my own communiites common area.