Thursday, July 23, 2009


Contributing Writer - Evan Douglas, Intern

Casey Trees’ Urban Forestry Summer Internship has been a blast. In the past four weeks I have been to so many places in District I never knew existed such as the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Park Service elm nursery.

Without question, the most fun professional development events we have had so far was the tree climbing event at the U.S. National Arboretum with The Davey Tree Expert Company last Tuesday. After safety and climbing instructions, each of us had the opportunity to climb a 60’ Chinese cork oak. Tree climbing is a lot more difficult than it looks! Following the climb a few Davey Trees arborists talked to us about arboriculture and career opportunities in urban forestry. I would really like to learn more about both.

Our tree care work has been going smoothly despite the warm and muggy weather. It is always great to have residents come up to us while we are watering and mulching the trees to learn more about Casey Trees or basic tree care. It makes us feel like we are helping make DC a better place to live.

Only four weeks of the internship remain. I wonder what we will learn next!

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