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We Marched for Science – Now What?

Tens of thousands of people gathered in hundreds of rallies around the world on Earth Day in what was described as a celebration of science and support for evidence-based policies. The March for Science was not about scientists or politicians—it is about the very real role that science plays in all of our lives and the essential role it must play in shaping decisions and policies that affect us all. Feeling inspired by the march and want to continue the work that was highlighted this past weekend? Here are some actions you can take:

  1. Educate Yourself
    Arm yourself with knowledge and information about the causes you care about or want to support. Participate in a webinar about supporting science in your community, read up on resources about trees from the U.S. Forest Service, attend a talk about an environmental issue, or take your professional development to the next level through classes or certifications.  Arielle Conti, a recently certified ISA arborist, noted “As soon as I started at Casey Trees I’ve wanted my ISA certification. After a lot of work – including a three day intensive course – I’m proud that I passed. It feels empowering to know my practical knowledge is now credentialed in my field.” Remember, knowledge is power.
  1. Get Involved as a Citizen Scientist
    Taking tangible actions to help local scientific organizations is an easy and satisfying way to contribute. Citizen scientists are critical parts of collecting data! Helping us inventory trees is a great way to spend a morning outside while contributing to our wealth of tree knowledge. We have plenty of inventories all spring and summer – even one on Arbor Day! National Geographic has projects you can do on your own, as does DOEE. The Anacostia Watershed Society has events on Earth Day and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has a range of volunteer activities, including lily pond restoration! Participating directly is a great way to give back to your community and contribute to the importance and integrity of science and scientific data.
  1. Support Local Organizations
    Public support is vital to the programs and projects that make our city a better place to live, work and visit. Many scientific organizations rely heavily on grants and outside funding, so your donation is a way to make a lasting difference. We have a number of ways to contribute – Evergreen Membership, individual donations, and workplace giving.
  1. Tell Your Representatives Why Science Matters
    While Congress is back in session until May 29, regardless of whether or not you’re planning to attend a march, take a few steps to show your support for strong science in your community and around the world! Schedule a meeting with your member of congress or D.C. Councilmember to talk about science, and make sure your voice is heard. Not sure what to say? Start by developing your “ask”, an essential component of any meeting with your legislators. There are plenty of resources online that outline arguments for the importance of urban forestry. Become a Certified Tree Advocate to stand up for trees! Our Tree Advocates Program is designed to develop a network of trained volunteers ready to stand up for trees in their neighborhood and across the city. Offering expertise, resources and support, we help you effectively connect with city leaders and other residents to push for change in their communities. Lastly – tweet at your representative or Councilmember about why they should champion science and urban forestry. Tweeting is a great way to share your science message to broad audiences, specifically legislators who pay special attention to tweets from their constituents! Calling people out on social media typically gets a lot of attention.

No matter what you choose to do, just get involved and stay involved!

Remembering Walker Williams

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Walker Williams passed away on Friday, April 7. One of Casey Trees’ longest-serving and dedicated Board Members (2004 – 2016), Walker was a friend, mentor, and supporter to the entire Casey Trees family. Mark Buscaino, Casey Trees’ Executive Director noted: “Walker has been there throughout my 10 years at Casey Trees. He always had a kind word of support, and his advice and wisdom continues to guide me through challenging times. I will miss him.”

Williams was around for many Casey Trees accomplishments — the creation of the Community Tree Planting and High School Summer Crew programs, the first nursery planting at Casey Tree Farm in Berryville, V.A., and the construction of Casey Trees’ Brookland offices — but his commitment shone through the way he talked about the work Casey Trees does with young people.

Walker garnered an appreciation for trees while in elementary school in his hometown of East Orange, N.J., where his class participated in a commemorative tree planting ceremony. He often shared that every time he returned to East Orange he drove by the tree he helped plant as a child, and that it still stood in the schoolyard, a reminder of how trees are gifts that last for generations.

If you wish to extend your condolences to his wife and children, or would like to share your own personal story about Walker, please do so here.


Kelly Crabtree: From Summer Crew to Team Leader

At our Melvin Hazen planting earlier in April we saw a few familiar faces including Kelly Crabtree who is back in action after a few years away from D.C. As we caught up with Kelly, we asked her why she decided to come back to re-tree D.C.

Casey Trees: You were part of our Summer Crew – how was that?

Kelly Crabtree: Yes, I was part of the Summer Crew in 2010 after graduating high school. It was one of my first jobs and it was great experience. I was able to see new parts of the city, meet a variety of D.C. residents and really began my journey in the environmental field. This experience then steered my college experience, where I ended up majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy.

One of my favorite experiences from the Summer Crew was one of our ‘professional development days.’ One of these consisted of having tree climbing lessons, where we were harnessed up and climbed trees!

CT: Welcome back to D.C. – what compelled you to return to Casey Trees?

KC: Thanks! So, I have been completing a Master’s program at University of Maryland for Elementary Education and I felt that I was still missing a part in my life. The environmental field has been a part of my life since I did the summer crew, and I did not have something like that in my life presently. Therefore, I decided to reach out to the organization that began that passion in my life- Casey Trees!

CT: What is the best part of planting a tree?

KC: Ah that is hard! I would have to say digging the hole. You are creating a whole new space for a living thing.

CT: Why do you think planting trees in D.C. is so important?

KC: Obviously for the immense amounts of benefits for the environment, but I think the most important part for me in terms of planting trees in D.C. is taking ownership of the environmental landscape. By planting trees in D.C. with Casey Trees I am making a commitment to the urban environment and its continual improvement.

CT:  Last but not least, do you have a favorite tree?

KC: I do not have a particular favorite tree, rather I enjoy the company of all trees!

As you can tell, Kelly is a pretty great human and we’re thankful she’s back with us. Do you want to be like Kelly? You can be! Join us at our next open event – an inventory of the Washington Monument on Arbor Day!

Join Our Team!

Restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of D.C. is not an easy job, but here at Casey Trees we’re up to the task. Want to help us out? Now is your chance to shine! We’re currently hiring two internship positions.

Enjoy working with youngins? Want to help educate the next generation on the importance of forestry? Then apply to be our next TreeWise Outdoor Education Intern! We’re looking for an energetic counselor to assist our Youth Programs Coordinator in working with youth and leading outdoor lessons centered on forestry and environmental education.

Kids not quite your thing but you have a passion for volunteer engagement and education? You could be our next Volunteer Engagement Intern. They assist our education team with volunteer programming and educational events, including tree plantings, tree care, and tree pruning events.

Applications for both of these close soon, so hop to it!

Not Just Sweet Treets

It takes a lot to re-tree D.C. Volunteers, resources, advocates, tools, the trees themselves – and fuel! Human fuel – aka food – to be exact. We are very lucky to be a community partner of Shake Shack in D.C., which comes with quite a few perks.

In addition to enjoying their delicious sandwiches at our Community Tree Plantings throughout the year, a portion of sales from various concretes at their locations directly support our work. Have a sweet tooth in Navy Yard? Check out the Pie Oh My. Need dessert in Dupont Circle? We recommend the Washington Monu-mint. The options are endless.

Rest assured, Shake Shack employees aren’t afraid to get down and dirty with us at plantings. Employees from the Union Station location joined us at Community Tree Plantings throughout the season – they even helped plant 404 trees at 6 plantings this season alone.

We’re lucky to partner with organizations that not only support our mission, but are willing to literally help us achieve it. With two new locations in DC – Navy Yard and Logan Circle. On top of all this, they practice what they preach. Tabletops are made using reclaimed bowling alley lanes and booths are crafted using lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, among many other sustainable practices. So if you see Shake Shack serving up delicious food at our next planting, or see them at the Canopy Awards, be sure to give them a high-five and thanks for supporting local organizations that better our community.