One of the most common questions we encountered on the 25-state Summer 2010 Plant a Wish tour was: “how the heck did you two put something like this together?
As we rolled into each town with notebook pages full of connections to local tree nurseries, planting organizations, land owners and volunteers, I think we even surprised ourselves a little.
It wasn’t an easy process, that’s for sure. We kind of made it up as we went along. That said, something of this scope has to start somewhere, so we started by “calendaring” our “ideal” itinerary and going from there.
Slowly but surely, locations to plant, key interview appointments, and tree pickups or deliveries went down on paper. Even though certain things would fall through and require us to change course a little or switch a few dates around, the process was relatively painless.
So, now that we are about 5 months away from hitting the road again to plant native trees in the 25 remaining states (note: the 25 BIGGER states), we are back to the drawing board again. We’ve got the whiteboard out, the atlas open, and we’re happy to report that the first draft of our planting tour is on the calendar!
Between March and May 2011, our planting tour will stop in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota, Washington, and Alaska. (Phew! Long list!) In addition, we hope to swing into Washington D.C. to participate in the Environmental Film Festival happening there in mid-March.
Ideas have been sprouting as to places/trees we’d like to visit along the way, and we’re open to suggestions as we finish our goal of planting native trees in all 50 states. Feel free to leave comments with your ideas! And of course, when the tour is complete, we will celebrate with a huge tree planting event and festival on our home island of Maui (date TBD – sometime in May 2011).