Interns & Volunteers Plant a Demonstration Forest in the Community!

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On February 13th, 2016 over fifty volunteers came out to support our Urban Forestry interns in their efforts to plant a demonstration forest in their community. Students designed the space and selected native tree species for their urban forest located at Wanlass Park in the City of San Pablo. In one day our interns educated the community on the benefits of urban forestry, the intentions behind their design and demonstrated the correct way to plant trees. We were able to plant and stake 20 trees on this memorable spring day! Read below interns’ reflections on their event:

“Our main goal for Wanlass Park was to bring out community close by showing love for our community. Our main job was to help out Wanlass Park the only we we could, by planting trees and strengthening the environment. The number of volunteers surprised us as well as how well we did. The whole event went by as smoothly as possible, thanks to our tree demo team, which I was apart of. We showed our volunteers the basics and steps about planting and how to plant a tree. My favorite memory was watching one of our little volunteers around the age of five help us out with the much spreading and stake holding. He was very brave and courageous. So I’d like to give a shout out to Cam! Hope he grows up and looks at trees he planted and feels proud of it.” –Luis Gonzalez

“Our goal at Wanlass Park was to build a demonstration forest. We choose this project because we wanted to be part of an amazing contribution to the city of San Pablo. We want our community to be able to have a place to go and hang out and enjoy nature. The event day went amazing. The volunteers were awesome and my team did such an amazing job facilitating. One thing I did to contribute was I was part of the demo team helping to do the demo to show people how to properly plant a tree. My favorite memory of that day was seeing the site once the trees were planted due to everyone’s help. Seeing how hard everyone worked and the outcome was the best thing ever.” – Itzel Gonzalez

“Our goal at Wanlass park was to build a demonstration forest. We choose to do a demonstration forest to bring awareness to the community regarding the benefits of trees. The day went great so many people showed up. The day was also really nice, it wasn’t hot and it wasn’t too cold, it was a nice day. One thing I did to contribute on this day was to help with the demo. My favorite memory of the day was holding the huge check that PG&E gave to us.”- Edwin Hernandez

“Our goal at Wanlass park was to plant trees in the city of San Pablo and keep our volunteers safe. We choose to do this project to spread the importance of urban forestry and to make our community a better place. The day went by pretty fast. It was very fun to work with other interns and get to know why they were interested in that event. That day, I made sure everybody knew what they were doing. My favorite memory was seeing the final results!”- Fernanda Martinez

“Our goal at Wanlass Park was to plant trees and work as a team. We choose this project so that we can help the community and show our support and leadership. The day went well it was actually fun. It was pretty hot but I loved working with other interns. I was digging holes and pounding the stakes. My favorite memory was that I got to meet new people and work with them and also eat pizza.”- Brian Alvarez






Urban Forestry Interns Try to Get Neighbors to Adopt a Tree!

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Last week Urban Forestry Interns hit the streets with their flyers and talking points about the importance of Urban Forestry. Their goal was to get 10 neighbors to adopt a tree to increase the tree density in their community. Even though we did not get a neighbor to agree- students were prepared, positive, and excited about the experience. Read more about their time canvasing in their reflections below:

“Last week, on Monday Jan 25, 2016, my group and I went neighborhood canvassing. We knocked on atleast 30 homes. It was really hard task because most of the time nobody opened the door or they would not be very nice. Our goal was to have atleast 10 residents sign up for a tree. However, we got only 1 ‘maybe’. I’ve never went out canvasing and I experienced it for the first time. I learned through this experience that I would not like to get a job where I would be canvasing. My favorite part, however, was experiencing this as a  group because although it was tough, we managed to pull through and laugh about it and not take it to heart”- Fabiola Guerrero

“Last week I went out neighborhood canvasing with our group who helped while others stayed at Wanless park spray painting the areas where the trees will go. We went all around the neighborhood knocking on their doors with hopes of people adopting a tree. But many people did not open their doors. I’ve never done neighborhood canvasing it was my first time and really exciting. I felt like I was trick or treating. My favorite part was knocking on doors and giving a mini presentation.” Diana Rodriguez


“Last week we went out to the neighborhood at Wanless park to ask people if they would like a tree planted in their property. I have never done this activity before. I learned that you need to have a good attitude and patiences when dealing with different kinds of people. My experience went well. I did not get any ‘bad’ neighbors unlike some of my peers did. My favorite part about last week is doing something different and learning about how to do this kind of project.”- Joanna Gudino


“Last week at Wanless Park, 2 groups were assigned to stake the site and others to go neighborhood canvassing. It was my first time deciding and coordinating where trees went from a map. I learned that I was in deed good at it, and I believe we were quite accurate. Even though, we had our differences trying to decide where every tree went, we came up a solution that was successful. My favorite part was looking at the results of our work. It felt great.”- Sara Gurdian


“Last week we went to Wanless Park to mark an ‘X’ on the spot where the trees are going to be put.  I have not done this before so I am excited to do this. I learned that choosing the most accurate spot where the tree goes is actually very hard, especially in a big piece of land. My experience was fun yet frustrating but I am happy that we got it done. My favorite part about last week was going to Wanless Park and view the before and after.”- Itzel Gonzalez