Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Good News!

This morning I found out that the Worcester Tree Initiative is going to match the funding that I received from the Barth Summer Internship Award from Clark University. I am very excited and thankful to both the Barth Summer Internship Award and WTI for supporting my work.

Today it's HOT, but that doesn't stop the determined tree initiative staff. We went out with our shovels in hand and planted a honeylocust at 5 King St. which is part of the Worcester housing resource commission (WHRC). It took use over an hour and a half to plant this tree, a project that should not take more than a half hour. The tree was extremely pot bound and all the roots had become entangled. In order for a tree to survive it is necessary to break apart the root ball when you take it out of the pot. We had to use every tool to try and break this solid root entanglement apart. But we managed to out smart the tree and it is now happily planted in the side yard of the 5 King St. apartment building.

We had a site visit today at Doherty High School, where we are going to work with there environmental club to plant ornamental trees along the front of the building later in June. It's exciting to work with kids in high school because they can really work to take ownership of the trees, truly help to plant them and also become even more involved with the Worcester Tree Initiative. I am also going to Forest Grove Middle School to take a look at trees we planted last Spring, a few of which had a rough Winter and did not survive. We are working with a teacher there to try and help them find replacement trees.

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”--Martin Luther

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