At the Stockbridge School of Agriculture of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, arboriculture students are granted the opportunity to complete a five month internship. Many of my classmates opted to take advantage of this, taking half semester classes and leaving from campus early to begin work for the tree crews of their town, for commercial tree care businesses, or in my case, for the National Park Service. Throughout the course of my internship, I’ve been asked to keep a daily journal, to log one hundred trees and shrub herbarium including pictures, and to compile a paper and presentation summarizing my work and two specific projects I took part in during my time in Washington D.C.. These days mark the halfway point of my time with NPS this summer and I’m feeling good about my time here so far. I’m currently working on removing elms with Dutch Elm Disease along with the National Mall tree crew. I look forward to sharing more of my experiences with Branching Out as my time here concludes.