Amanda Kopil: The City of Reading GIS Intern/DCNR Tree Surveyor



So it has already been 2 weeks of tree surveying and it’s been extremely productive! We broke the city into quarters to make it simpler to meet goals. Today, we finished the first quarter! My 3 partners and I have been working together very efficiently making this survey fly by. I have experienced so much in only 2 weeks of surveying in Reading: Always say hello to anybody whose tree that you’re assessing on their property to make sure they know that you’re not just creeping around, when in doubt turn to literature for help ID-ing a tree, and ALWAYS communicate with the people who you work with (most important!).

            I never in million years would have thought that I would be on my way to becoming a young arborist. The knowledge that I’ve gained so far from all sorts of professionals around me has been so greatly appreciated. From my reliable, amazing professors at Albright to folks who work with The City of Reading and The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, I would not have the confidence to do what I am doing everyday in the field without them. I just had to give a big “Thank You” shout-out to them! Well, Monday is my first day at my internship with The City of Reading and I am so very eager to post all of my experiences!

Until next time 🙂

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