As a student studying human development (focusing on community health), I began my internship at PNPP feeling a little lost and having no background working with trees. The only thing that I knew connected human development/community health with planting trees was the health benefits that trees can bring to urban areas.
I decided that I needed to focus in on this and learn more about urban forestry and its connections to community health. I decided to do some general research on the benefits of trees. What I found wasn’t surprising at all: trees provide us with some of the most necessary things in life. They provide us with fresh oxygen, food, shelter/shade, and habitats for wildlife. Not only do they provide us with the basic things we need to survive, but they also help to clean our air, combat climate change, conserve energy, and save water! Trees are clearly a necessary and amazing part of our lives, the list of things that trees can do is endless. I am excited to continue this learning journey as an intern at PNPP this spring! Each week I will be making a new post about what is going on with PNPP and any other new information I learn throughout my internship!