Richmond High Air Quality Plant Air Cleaning Trees

Interns pose with a trident maple tree they planted.

Did you know that trees clean the air?! Tree filter air by removing particulate matter that is harmful to your health. On Saturday November 5th, 2016, the Richmond High School Air Quality Interns planted 8 trees for a school in El Sobrante.


A graphic provided to Earth Team by Forestry Professor Dr. Joe McBride illustrates trees ability to remove pollutants from the air. Particulate matter, like pollen, ash, and dust, is small enough to penetrate deep into our lungs and cause health problems. Trees help filter these particles from the air.


The interns learned how to properly plant and stake the trees in a way that will give it the best chance of growing tall and healthy. They also learned to appreciate the amount of work it takes to plant a tree. The Interns worked hard to dig holes, move the heavy 15 gallon trees in their pots, and pound in stakes.



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