Urban Forest Initiative intern Bryan Kist 

During summer 2018 UFI welcomed Bryan Kist, who will be working on multiple tree inventorying projects all over the Lexington-Fayette area and broader bluegrass region. Bryan graduated in May 2019 with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and a minor in Music Performance. Being from a large city in New Jersey, Bryan "gets" the need to have trees in built up spaces and is motivated to learn more about all things having to do with urban forestry and aboriculture.


Below is a short interview with Bryan:


How do the goals and objectives of Urban Forest Initiative align with your interests?

As a NRES major, Urban Forest Initiatives goals and objectives to help raise awareness about the importance of trees and to increase Lexington’s canopy are important to me as well. It is important that we take care of what we have now so the environment can be better off in the future!


What excites you about working with UFI as part of this internship?

One of the most exciting things about my internship with UFI is being able to gain hands on experience in arboriculture with a diverse group of professionals. It is extremely enjoyable to share these experiences with people who share my passion for trees and the environment.


How do you feel about trees?

Trees are an incredibly important part of our everyday lives providing us with countless benefits from shade to filtering air pollution. They are also interesting considering that they are one of the only organisms that produce their own food. I believe that caring and thinking about trees more often than we do would make our lives much better!