The group, organized by Natalie Omundson of CI, first cleared out tree boxes in the 2400 block of Mass. One "neediest case" was a young elm tree next to the street, surrounded by an orange construction fence which enclosed the tree, plus trash piles and weeds.
|Volunteers cleared this tree box, raising the tree's odds of survival.|
Afterwards, the volunteers discussed trees on their streets and guessed their types and condition. They considered how they might help those trees.
Conservation International is a very large nonprofit; its projects in 33 countries address big problems such as species loss and deforestation. But the volunteers said that from the Arlington, Va. headquarters, they don't normally visit actual projects or see near-term results.
That's why actively helping trees here in DC, was fun, they said. Ms. Omundson said they hoped to work with RMA on other projects.
- Deborah Shapley (Photos: RMA)
|Conservation International volunteers.|
|RMA's Robert Thomason (blue shirt) in the discussion session.|