Contributing Writer - Taiysha Hobbs, Intern
The third week in this summer internship has been great and exciting. We are all getting to know each other more and it makes the job experience more fun. As time goes on throughout this internship, I learn more and more about the benefits of trees. It is a rewarding feeling to know that I am trying to improve the lives of trees and the environment.
I would have to say that the highlight of week 3 was on Tuesday when we visited Barry Stahl. During our visit we planted trees, potted baby trees, visited the greenhouse nursery, and learned about the different types of trees. The best part of the visit personally was planting the trees. I planted three trees total: an elm, a silver maple, and a red maple. Despite the hard work of planting a tree, seeing the product is a very invigorating feeling.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday I did tree maintenance around the city. We mainly worked in the Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights areas. However on Wednesday Gregory Prunell, an arborist from Ocean City, Maryland, came to visit and observe how we maintained trees around the city. He was really fun and cool. I love how he was so passionate about trees and his occupation. Hopefully, I will be that passionate about whatever career path I choose to pursue.
To cap off the week, I had another awesome outing with the bikes in the city on Friday. Even though the bike that carries the water trailer was in the shop, we still managed to water a few trees on Friday.
I am really enjoying my time with Casey Trees. It has been an exciting three weeks and I can’t wait to see what the next five weeks will unfold.