25 Oct '11, 4am

Modern-Day Johnny Appleseed Has Planted 13,849 Trees

Despite the fact that most folks in town might not know Gene DeSantis by name, the fruits of his labor are nearly everywhere. As a community volunteer working with Baltimore's Parks & People Foundation , DeSantis says he's personally planted an amazing 13,849 saplings in public parks and sidewalk planters throughout the city. And he should know. With each tree he lovingly lays to root, he makes a note in his journal. It's hardly work for DeSantis though, writes Mark Reutter of Baltimore Brew in a lovely piece on the modern-day Johnny Appleseed : Gene has planted trees in just about every neighborhood in Baltimore. He's brought them to parks big and small, sat them along streets, dug spaces for them in tight corners, inserted them next to tall buildings and plunked them down by gurgling streams. He never accepts any sort of payment. Says he doesn't need to. Satisfaction com...

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