Develop an overall project goal.
Look for potential partners in your area with compatible goals and alignment with the project idea.
Work together to develop SMART objectives:
Choose objectives that you and your partners can manage with the time and resources available.
Brainstorm and select a site/area.
Outreach & Engagement
Do outreach to educate and engage local and/or regional stakeholders, regulators and the community.
Draft the project proposal/plan, including budget and timeline.
Identify potential funding sources.
There are several likely kinds of permission you will need, depending on your chosen project.
On the Ground
Develop a detailed schedule and logistics for your work, including any monitoring or adaptive management.
You are ready to begin!
Share pictures and outcomes with your partners and supporters. If you received outside funding, you will owe reports to your funders. Enjoy your success!
Be prepared to comply with grant reporting requirements.
Restoration projects may need a range of expertise and resources.You may find expertise through local non-governmental organizations working on the issue, government agencies (local, state or federal), local businesses, or others.
GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington, Washington State Department of Ecology
Rain Gardens for RainScapes Technical Design Manual, Montgomery County RainScapes
Trees Are Good has information on the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in the urban environment.