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Tamarack Needles in the Summer

Every week we have a fantastic group of volunteers join us on our tree inventories. Today’s blog features one of our loyal volunteers, Trevor. Take a look at what he has to say about our Trees Please project and more! Keep in mind, you do not need to be a certified arborist to join us, we have volunteers with all sorts of knowledge backgrounds. 

Why do you volunteer with Trees Please?

It allows me to apply my skills and give back to the community in a valuable way. It also is an opportunity for me to hone my skills as a certified arborist, while at the same time getting outside and see new parts of my neighbourhood close up.

Have you learned anything interesting from participating in our inventory sessions? I.e. In terms of hands on skills or soft skills. What would you like to learn more about?

I’ve improved my species identification skills, particularly with many of the ornamental species.

Why do you think this initiative is important for the City of Hamilton?

I think trees and urban forestry can do much to make people feel more comfortable in the spaces they live in, and the environmental quality improvements add many levels of value for people and neighbourhoods.

What makes someone a good citizen scientist?

A keen interest in learning new things and bringing some shareable knowledge.

If you could transform into any type of tree, what would it be? Why?

A Tamarack – I would be a soft conifer in the summer, and turn into blaze orange foliage in the autumn, a unique trait among conifers.

Links:

Article About the Tamarack Tree

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Author: treespleasehamilton

A project of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club and Environment Hamilton. Funding by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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