Annual work plan

Early in each year The Friends meet with relevant City staff to agree on a plan for work for that year.

THE FRIENDS OF WASHINGTON GROVE INC. (FoWG) 2017 WORK PLAN

Trail Maintenance and Stabilization:
• Create an updated trails map for public use.
• Work with City to identify funding sources for trail and entry revitalization.
• Schedule volunteer work days to stabilize trails.
• Experiment with narrowing specific trails, and/or reinforcing corners, based on consultant’s report.
• Select specific “trails” for closing based on consultancy recommendations.

Control of Invasives:
• Continue to carry out long-term plan for removing invasive species.
• Work with City forester to address Woolly Adelgid infestation in Hemlock grove.

Planting of Native Trees, Shrubs and Herbaceous Layer:
• Plant shrubs, sub-trees and herbaceous layer from approved plant lists in Spring & Fall.
• Continue experiment with protective fencing to discourage damage by deer and other wildlife.
• Maintain records of planting and planting outcomes.Maintain records of planting and planting outcomes.
• Consolidate a shared record of past planting locations and success rates.

Park Visitation:
• Partner with the City to implement trail classification system.
• Continue to encourage enforcement of City codes and to address vandalism when it occurs.
• In consultation with City, design signs for entries and for trail closings.
• Conduct tours for volunteers on work days, through City Living program, and for other special events.
• Finalize guide and train tour guide volunteers.  

Outreach/Communication
• Continue to build and sustain relationships with multiple organizations to obtain volunteers for work parties.
• Be open to special projects and recruit people to lead these (e.g.: Eagle Scout projects).
• Create brochure for recruitment and education.
• Follow up with email list to explore levels and types of volunteer interest.Follow up with email list to explore levels and types of volunteer interest.

Organizational Improvement and Development
• Document annual activity timeline (e.g.: when arrive at planting plan for coming year).
• Hold semi-annual board review of annual work plan and five-year plan.
• Recruit board members to represent local neighborhood groups. Recruit board members to represent local neighborhood groups.

City Partnership
• Meet with City in late winter to review prior year outcomes, and to agree on goals for current year.
• Sign MoU with city to formalize relationship and expectations.

Budget and Funding
• Develop longer term funding needs and related budget.
• Encourage tax-free donations.

Knowledge acquisition & sustainability
• Continue to network with other park stewardship groups, restoration groups, interested scientists, and historians.
• Survey and demarcate southern and eastern park boundaries.
• Explore resources for comprehensive tree survey.
• Work with neighborhood groups and City on vision for Cobbs Hill Park.Work with neighborhood groups and City on vision for Cobbs Hill Park.