On Feb, 14th interns kicked off their tree inventory service learning project with an extremely informative and exciting visit by Inta Brainerd and Jim Browne, County Arborists/Environmental Compliance Specialists for the Alameda County Public Works Agency.
To kick things off Jim first shared about how he was actually them man that awarded the grant to plant the trees that now make up San Lorenzo’s beautiful Native Plant Garden. It was awesome for students hear about the history of their schools urban forestry, a perfect segue into the history of Urban Forestry in San Lorenzo and the importance of Tree Inventory.
Interns learned all about the different ordinances that restrict tree removal, as well as the punishment for doing so. In addition, they learned about their role as “Tree Ambassadors” for the Alameda County Public Works Agency and what significance it has helping out the agency and the local community.
Here is a bit what interns are looking forward to!
“I am excited to get into community outreach projects that have the potential to make a positive impact on my neighborhood. I want to see less violations! I am also looking forward to being able to say that I worked for a government agency.” –Courtney, SLZ Intern
“I am probably most excited working with everyone and working at a county-wide level” –Allen, Skyline Intern
“I am most looking forward to being able to recognize tree species and be able to spread awareness to people around me about the tree right of way” -Bella, SLZ Intern
“Something I want to take out of Tree Inventory is to spread awareness in the community. I also find it amazing that I can be involved with the county agency.” -Kristine, SLZ Intern
“I am looking forward to working with the ACPWA. I am looking forward to helping them with their cause and get experience that I can use. I also look forward to crunching numbers, statistics, and the tree knowledge I can use in the future to show my future kids about this.” -Glenn, SLZ Intern
Thanks for reading! Check out next week as we start training for work in the field!
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