Follow #storiesofsust where we share their stories. Today we hear from Anna who is taking SUST 3002 this summer.
“My internship project is learning how to identify the approximately 100 main native and naturalized tree species in Halifax. I am also learning the Latin names for these species, which is about as much fun as it sounds. As I complete this project, I am putting my skills to the test, because my job involves identifying trees that have been planted in the streets under the Urban Forest Master Plan. I am with a team that is remeasuring trees that were planted in 2013 and measuring trees planted last fall and this spring. As well as recording the species, we also measure the size of the trees, assess tree and site conditions, make notes on how well the trees were planted, and record the type of overhead wires. This is valuable information for Halifax Regional Municipality officials, as the data will help with decisions regarding pruning, tree replacement, species selection, etc. Identifying trees is also a fun and rewarding skill/pastime. Not only has walking around my neighbourhood with my dog become more mentally stimulating, identifying trees has also forced me to be more present and notice all the beautiful trees we have right here in Halifax.”
Here is a photo of Anna at the Dal200 tree planting event!