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.
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.
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.
A big thanks to Professor McBride! Next, the interns will be focusing on identifying trees in their community. Stay tuned for student tree sketches!
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
On May 9th, EarthTeam Interns returned to Wanlass Park in San Pablo to monitor the 20 trees they planted earlier in February this year. The trees were still standing, except for one, which unfortunately had died. Still, the students, were excited to see their trees that were now sporting new green leaves.
Interns also saw for the first time the new drip irrigation system and sign describing the intern’s tree planting project, both of which had been installed by the City of San Pablo shorty after the trees were planted.
While visiting their trees, interns collected DBH (diameter at breast height) measurements. This data reveals the thickness of the tree trunk, and is used to measure tree growth over time. The students also collected GPS coordinates to accurately mark the location of each tree. This data will be important for tracking the future health, growth, and benefits the tree provide.