Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Until Aug. 3, ten Washington, D.C.-area high school students will water, weed, mulch and track the condition of Casey Trees-planted trees across the District through the annual High School Summer Crew jobs program
Since 2002, Casey Trees’ Summer Crew members have served as caretakers for the District’s newly planted trees, ensuring they receive the recommended 25 gallons when less than 1.5 inches of rain falls in a week. Last year’s Summer Crew logged a record 6,202 “tree touches” — the number of trees crew members cared for.
Six students will join Casey Trees staff in trucks carrying 500-gallon water bladders and 300-gallon pump tanks, transporting water to Casey Trees planting sites. Using five-gallon buckets and hoses, crew members fill slow-release watering bags that can hold 25 gallons of water.
Two additional teams — each with two students and an adult Crew Chief —comprising the Water By-Cycle fleet reach trees using street bikes. Water By-Cycle is the nation’s first bicycled-powered tree watering program, focusing on neighborhoods that are hard to access or have limited street parking. The lead bikes are attached to custom-built trailers carrying hoses that connect to city hydrants, with the permission of DC Water.
A record 182 students enrolled in or graduating from high school applied to serve on the Summer Crew. The ten who comprise this year’s team are:
To request to participate in a ride along, contact Jared Powell at jpowell(at)caseytrees(dot)org or 202.349.1894.
About Casey Trees:
Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit established in 2002 committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To learn more about Casey Trees, visit http://www.caseytrees.org.