Carlos Velazquez

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URI Internship Year:

2021

F&ES Graduation Year:

2022

Carlos is a rising second year at the Yale School of the Environment studying Environmental Management with a focus on ecosystems conservation. He is interested in integrated landscape management and its applications to community resilience. Carlos graduated with a degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech and came to Yale to explore other areas within the environmental field while deepening his engineering knowledge and Mandarin language proficiency through the Tsinghua joint degree program. He is excited to be working as a Greenspace intern with URI this summer and to get to know different communities in the city of New Haven.

Group

Arch Street

Mill River Trail

Rainbow Park

Fair Haven Neighbors In Action

Clifton Street River Garden

Quinnipiac River Park

Ward St. Neighbors

Greenspace Log

Date Category Photos Group Summary

07/15/2021

Planting
Planting
Berry garden

Quinnipiac River Park

The Quinnipiac River Park group added a brand new feature to the park this week! Six berry bushes were planted surrounding a Serviceberry tree providing a space for birds to forage. We worked a bit overtime but the group was excited about the final result.

07/14/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Rose getting ready to work
Sunset on the Quinnipiac

Clifton Street River Garden

Rose and I gave the Junipers at the canoe launch some much needed maintenance and weeded the planting bed. We also watered the agastache blue fortune that we put in the previous week. As night began to fall, the Quinnipiac River glistened from the rays of the setting sun marking the end of a succesful workday at the garden.

07/14/2021

Planting
Planting
Shrub selfie

Mill River Trail

With a surprise guest appearance from fellow URI intern Musa, the Mill River Trail group returned to the southern portion of the trail to plant some salt tolerant shrubs to attract more birds, bees, and butterflies. To our delight, the ground was actually fairly easy to dig up, which made for a more pleasant experience overall.

07/10/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance

Rainbow Park

Seeing the success of the newly transplanted hostas, the Rainbow Park group decided to move around more plants that were being affected by the sun. We also spent some time weeding and mulching the garden as well as talking about plants that we would want to see in the park.

07/08/2021

Planting
Planting
Sally watering the new members of the garden

Clifton Street River Garden

Through conversations about July 4th fireworks, canadian geese, and trees talking to each other, the Clifton St. River Garden group succesfully planted 3 perennials with beautiful purple flowers and 1 golden euonymus shrub which helped fill out space, and provide nice continuity and contrast to the garden.

07/07/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Newly opened river vista

Mill River Trail

The battle against Knotweed rages on! Loppers in hand, the Mill River Trail group sprung into action and pushed back the opposing forces until they were forced to retreat, leaving behind beautiful vistas of the Mill River.

06/26/2021

Planting
Planting
Blessing family with tree garden

Ward St. Neighbors

Ward St. Neighbors' first ever planting activity was a resounding success! The Blessing family added some color and interest to the base of their existing willow tree with mulch and a couple perennials. Noel and Cindy were very happy with the final look. And to top it all off, curious neighbors approached us and expressed interest in participating and planting trees in front of their homes.

06/26/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Volunteers working
Transplanted hostas

Rainbow Park

With what seemed like record turnout, the Rainbow Park group set their ambitions high and transplanted 4 large hostas that were being burned up in the full sun. Now in a shady spot at the back of the park, the plants should be much happier. The group is also excited to pick out new plants to put in their place.

06/23/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Pruned Junipers

Clifton Street River Garden

The Clifton St. River Garden group had a wonderful time pruning, weeding, and mulching the garden by the canoe launch. As we worked, a couple that lives up the street came down and asked us about our work and expressed interest in volunteering on future ocassions. The group is getting larger by the week!

06/23/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Knotweed removal

Mill River Trail

The Mill River Trail group valiantly took on a tall order of invasives removal near the northern end of the trail. Despite the intimidating amount of knotweed, we made good progress and opened up two vistas of the river for trail users to enjoy.

06/19/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Rainbow park

Rainbow Park

The Rainbow Park group is going strong, waking up bright and early to steward the park. We were donated some beautiful day lilies which we planted after knocking back some of the spiderwort along the edge of the park. We also weeded and mulched both inside the park and outside in a neigboring tree pit. Community members engaged in cheerful conversation about the potential for new plantings in the upcoming weeks.

06/17/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Pruning trees
Mulching polinator garden

Quinnipiac River Park

The Friends of Quinnipiac River Park group had a great first maintenance and stewardship meeting! We pruned most of the trees south of the pollinator garden and did some work in the garden itself. I'm sure the bees appreciate the extra care given to their flowers, even if they weren't excatly keen on showing it.

06/16/2021

Maintenance
Maintenance
Removing knotweed

Mill River Trail

The Mill River Trail group met on a nice Wednesday afternoon, among flocks of geese and goslings, to remove Knotweed and other invasives growing alongside the trail. No longer obstructed by plants, the river is looking more beautiful than ever and provides nice vistas for trail users.

06/16/2021

Planting
Planting
Corner garden
Stormdrain art

Clifton Street River Garden

The Clifton St. River Garden group had a wonderful start to their summer stewardship season! Inspired by the newly painted storm drain art down by the canoe launch, the group planted vibrant flowers at the corner garden. They also added mulch to the garden and pruned some of the flowers and shrubs.