“Over the summer we had a weekly tree climb to explore a different favorite tree of mine. On our first big tree, we took to the hills to find a special grove of coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia). Our big oak of the day had its first major limb at around 20 feet (6.1 m) off the ground. Time for the throwline!”

That’s Ian Kesterson speaking. He’s has been an urban forester for the City of Berkeley, California for 12 years. Cesar Garcia is a high school senior. Kesterson was host to intern Garcia in the summer of 2023, and Cesar continues to work part time for the City. The crew had a blast with Cesar; Kesterson says, “His presence boosted morale unlike anything I’ve seen in the department.”

Well see you at the top Here Cesar reaches the main tie in point of a dawn redwood <em>Metasequoia glyptostroboides<em>

Some of the summer’s highlights for Cesar were:

Read the full story of Cesar’s internship here.

Its a tree climber retirement party Here we see part of the urban forestry crew gather around Dan the Senior Urban Forester on his last day with the City of Berkeley From L to R Ian Eybin Cesar Dan Francisco and Ted

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