Urban Forestry Interns Map Their Trees

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The Urban Forestry interns returned to a site above Pinole Creek where they planted 14 trees a few weeks ago. The interns took careful measurements of the new tree’s diameter and GPS location. The information will be added to Earth Team’s online map tool, www.zerolitter.org. Today, when you visit the map, you can see the location and species of the trees Earth Team interns have planted in the past.

 

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Richmond Urban Forestry Practice Tree Data Collection

The Urban Forestry Interns at Richmond High School began learning how to accurate record important data for creating a tree inventory. The students measured the diameter of trees, recording the GPS coordinates, identified the species, and took a picture of the tree. This data can be used to track the number, growth rate, and health of trees in an specified area. It can also help determine when and where to add more trees to an area. Soon the students will use this tree data to calculate the amount of carbon the trees are sequestering as part of their air quality initiative. The skill of accurately recording and organizing data extends beyond just collecting data on trees. It is a valuable skill that applies across scientific fields and other non science specific disciplines.

The students will use their data collection skills to record data on the trees they are planting this year.

Richmond Urban Forestry Add Trees To Pinole Creek Ecosystem

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On Sunday November 13th, The Richmond High School Urban Forestry Interns planted 14 trees on the upper banks above the Pinole Creek.

“We planted those trees there because it helps the creek, and helps prevent run off when it rains.” – Kevin Hernandez

The students planted Canary Island pines (Pinus canariensis), Blue Oaks (Quercus douglasii) Cork Oaks (Quercus suber), and Valley Oaks (Quercus Lobata).  The species will add more diversity to the local environment and shade. The trees will also help collect and filer rain water before it enters the creek.

As their second tree planting event of the year, the Interns are quickly becoming experts in planting and staking trees according to the proper methodology as prescribed by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Dr. Joe McBride Visits Richmond Urban Forestry Internship Meeting

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Dr. Joe McBride provides Interns with introduction to the topic of urban forestry.

On Tuesday, October 11th, Dr. Joe McBride, UC Berkeley Forestry Professor, treated the Richmond High School Urban Forestry Internship to an introductory lecture to urban forestry.

Students learned a broad range of information: from the benefits of trees in cities to paths in higher education related to urban forestry. Some of the most surprising facts were about how trees reduce air pollution. In Richmond where communities have statistically higher rates of asthma than the average in California, clean air is a topic of great interest for students.

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A graphic from Professor McBride illustrates trees ability to remove air pollution (particulate matter) from the air.

A big thanks to Professor McBride! Next, the interns will be focusing on identifying trees in their community. Stay tuned for student tree sketches!

 

Richmond High Interns Plant Community Fruit Tree Orchard

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On Saturday, October 8th, EarthTeam hosted an event to plant trees with the Richmond High School Interns. The Urban Forestry Interns were joined  by a few Air Quality Interns to create a community fruit tree orchard at Atchison Village in Richmond, CA.

Fruit trees can be a strategic approach to helping a community improve their access to healthy food. The Interns planted apple, plum, and pomegranate trees for a total of nine trees.

“Our planting provides fruit to the community.”Litzi V., Kimberly P., and Dashi R.

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During the event, the interns learned how to properly plant a tree according to the standardized planting methods, which are laid out by the International Society of Arboriculture.

“I think digging is pretty fun after the event because it was hard work that you feel great about so you learn to appreciate it all more.” Jovany V. and Jose H.

“I learned how to plant trees and how difficult or easy it can be at the same time… At first we though it was going to be easy, but we had difficulties with the soil.”Brandi H. and Jessica C.

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Atchison Village site before the tree planting event
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Atchison Village site after the tree planting event

This was EarthTeam’s first tree planting event of the year and we look forward to planting many more trees by June 2017.

“I’m more appreciative of new trees planted in the community because I understand all the work and preparation done for one tree.”Esmeralda R. and Anthony S.

 

Richmond High School Interns Get Ready to Plant Some Trees

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Interns practiced safe tree staking techniques outside of their school during an internship meeting.

The Richmond High School Urban Forestry Interns practiced planting trees this week in anticipation for their first tree planting event this weekend. In the front of their school, the students learned the proper International Society of Arboriculture methods for planting and staking trees. They practiced by readjusting some old stakes on trees that last year’s interns planted.

On Saturday, October 8th, the Interns will participate in planting nine fruit trees for a community in Richmond.

The 2016-2017 Richmond High School Forestry Internship has launched!

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This week the Urban Forestry Interns dove into a general overview of the importance of trees in cities. The learned and discussed the benefits that trees provide; including,

Adding Shade
Increaing Beauty
Improving Air Quality
Capturing Storm Water
Aiding Local Economies
Helping Human Psychological Well-Being

The Interns also got an intro to tree biology and names. They also began to learn how to identify trees in their community. Next week the students will begin learning about planting trees.

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Interns learned the importance of the shade that trees provide in their city.

 

EarthTeam Is Recruiting At RHS For 2016 – 2017 Internships

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Senior Program Associate Jesse Brown spent the day at Richmond High School speaking to the Health Academy classes about this year’s internship programs, Urban Forestry and Air Quality. This will be EarthTeam’s 14th year working in Richmond High School, and we are very excited to get started!

To sign up for an internship please visit the links below to access the applications.

Urban Forestry: http://www.tinyurl.com/ETUF2016

Air Quality: http://www.tinyurl.com/ETAQ2016

 

Richmond High School Urban Forestry Interns Complete ’15-’16 Internship

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The EarthTeam Richmond High School Urban Forestry Interns recently celebrated their final meeting of the internship, completing a year of trees, dirt, and mulch. Interns spent much of the year learning dendrology and training as an arborist. How does a healthy tree grow? Where should you plant a tree? How do you plant a tree? And why should you plant a tree? Students were immersed in experiences that sought to answer all these questions. They spoke with experts like UC Berkeley Forestry Professor Joe McBride. They planned a demonstration forest in the City of San Pablo’s Wanlass Park. They also planted lots and lots of trees.

95 young trees, in total, now grow in the cities of Richmond, San Pablo, and El Cerrito, because of the hard work of the interns. Through their effort planting trees they even managed to break a few city records. At Wanlass Park in San Pablo they set the record for most volunteers at an event, and the record for most trees planted in one day. (They set the record with 20 trees.)

“Wanlass Park was my favorite event because it pushed me out of my comfort zone, having to lead strangers.”Enrique Alegria

The interns would later also tie their record for most trees planted at Davis Park in San Pablo.

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The East Bay is a little greener thanks to this year’s Urban Forestry Interns who together planted more than 90 trees over the course of the internship.

During their learning experiences, students learned many things about trees and how they are managed in the city. In one project they learned how to discern harmful tree pathogens and diseases.

“I learned about how trees are like human beings with health issues.” Brian Alvarez

The interns even had a chance to educate the City of San Pablo’s City Council about the presence of a fatal tree disease, bright blight, in some trees along San Pablo Avenue.

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Interns presenting their findings regarding fire blight in San Pablo.

When the interns were asked to reflect on their work during the year and why it was important, some students saw the value of the impact they made and the skills they learned.

“I felt like I was a part of something more than just planting a tree in the ground, but part of a revolution. We as a community are developing skills to improve our society and ourselves.”Sara Gordian

“Some of the skills that I learned was that begin organized is very important. In the future I’ll use this skill to help me organize whenever I ever host an event and have everything in order so that things won’t get chaotic.”Perla Luna

“I learned leadership skills and public speaking skills. I learned how to be a leader with my group.”Fernanda Martinez

Students also considered why other students should join EarthTeam in the future. Student’s suggested that the program provided valuable experiences and one student recognized their new appreciation for the outdoors.

“I learned to enjoy nature. Something I never did before.”Shaneen Britton

“They should join because it is a great program. They will gain lots of experience and skills for the future. The students and staff are amazing! This program is worth giving up every Monday and every other Saturday.”Itzel Gonzales

Thank you to all the student intern, partners, and volunteers that helped make this year’s urban forestry internship a success! Next year’s students will have the opportunity to plant more trees in new territory for EarthTeam, including El Sobrante. Students will also get a chance to help expand the demonstration forest at Wanlass Park in San Pablo. We look forward to the new interns urban greening efforts.