Because I am a Horticulture
major, I chose to complete my service hours at Baton Rouge Green, a local
organization dedicated to planting and conserving our urban forest.
Baton Rouge Green works
tirelessly to create partnerships and bring together the resources of the
city parish government, private citizens, civic groups, the federation
of Civic Associations, the Recreation and Park Commission (BREC), the public
and private school systems, local utility companies and area businesses
with the Louisiana State University School of Landscape Architecture, Southern
University Urban Forestry Program, local and state foresters and independent
Their numerous school
projects provide educational opportunities for children to learn more about
their urban forest and their environment,
and the Baton Rouge
Green school committee facilitates these projects with the principals and
teachers. Baton Rouge Green is also an advocate for our urban forest which
improves air quality, saves energy, reduces noise pollution, increases
economic stability, improves personal health, improved water quality, creates
wildlife diversity, reduces the heat island effect, and adds beauty by
softening the harsh lines of the urban world.
According to their web
site, the results of Baton Rouge Green projects have been significant.
Baton Rouge Green insists that citizens have an increased awareness of
their personal contribution to the environment and to their urban forest.
They also maintain that businesses enjoy increased economic activity brought
by tree planting on adjacent roadways. They take pride in the fact that
their work has stimulated a rebirth of civic pride and citizens from all
walks of life.
SUMMARY OF TASKS COMPLETED
While volunteering at
Baton Rouge Green, I completed numerous tasks.
During Arbor Week (
January 14th-22nd) we visited local elementary schools, where we
educated children on the importance of planting trees in our community.
During the Tree Keeper Days (Saturday, February 16th , February 23rd, March
2nd, March 9th) I aided other individuals with the potting and watering
of trees at one of Baton Rouge Green's local tree nurseries on Essen Lane.
I also worked at Baton Rouge Greenís Annual Tree Sale on Saturday, March
23rd from 7:00a.m. till 3:30 p.m., where I aided customers and tagged trees.
Now that I have completed
my service hours with Baton Rouge Green I can honestly say that I have
benefited from the experience in a number of ways. Firstly, by working
at Baton Rouge Green, I have developed a better understanding of how important
trees are to our community. Initially, I was aware that they improved
air quality and saved energy; however, I did not realize that trees reduce
noise pollution. and increase economic stability.
Aside from learning more
about how trees impact our society, I also gained vital work experience
that I can include on my resume. Before I began this course I had relatively
little experience in my field. Now, however, I have experience related
to my chosen profession that I can include on my resume, experience I might
add, that will benefit me not just now but in the future as well.