Urban Forest Initiative intern Katie Kilcoyne


During summer 2018 UFI welcomes intern Katie Kilcoyne, who will be working on multiple tree inventorying projects all over the Lexington-Fayette area and broader bluegrass region. Katie is pursuing her B.S. in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Katie brings a working knowledge of GIS and digital map making to the UFI team, and we are excited to work with her on inventorying trees around the Bluegrass this summer.


Below is a short interview with Katie:


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

As a student studying geography and map making, I’m very excited to bring my skill sets to a different discipline. I recently took a class in urban planning and developed an interest in how green spaces are managed. Working with UK and LFUCG arborists through this internship has given me the chance to see how this is done in my city.


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

Everyday we do something different. Not only do we produce our own data by taking inventory of a neighborhood, but we build a comprehensive reports with this data to educate others. We do this all without regurgitating someone else’s work; the reports are more or less built from scratch. We’re doing so many different things! If I don’t like one task of the job, I'll be doing something completely different the next day.


How do you feel about trees?

Trees definitely leave a positive impact on my psyche. I just feel good after I’ve spent a day working around them. Now that I know more about them I can understand when a tree is healthy, and it makes me happy to see healthy trees.