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    Exclamation Up Close and On the Ground With Canadas Intrepid Tree Planters

    Up Close and On the Ground With Canadas Intrepid Tree Planters

    Photographer and filmmaker Rita Leistner was a planter herself for years, before returning to document the grueling seasonal profession.


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    In Canada, logging companies hire professional tree planters to place seedlings in the ground by hand. Its a seasonal jobphysically demanding and over rough terrain. Leistner has found that most people cant appreciate just how demanding it is. In fact, she credits her time planting trees as preparing her for being a photographer in conflict zones. Someone at my agency in New York at the time, when Id been working in Iraq, was giving me advice, and theyre like, Well, you should take tree planting off your bio because it looks trivial next to your other accomplishments. And I thought, Oh my God, those like half-million trees that I planted, that was one of the hardest things I will have ever done in my life.


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    The tree planters in my project are working for logging companies and for the government. But tree planting is in transition. Its going from being something securely within the forestry industry to a kind of anthropocene symptom and solution to climate change. According to headlines, planting billions of trees is one of the most feasible and affordable ways of taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Who is going to plant those billions? It wont be done by volunteers planting a few trees a day. Canadas professional tree planters are capable of planting upwards of 2,000 to 5,000 or more trees per day! If tree planting were an Olympic sport, Canadian tree planters would win all the gold.


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    I planted trees for a season in Francis Marion National Forest right after I got out of the Army. I don't even recall exactly how I got there. I needed some time and space to clear my head and figure out what I wanted to do in the next phase of my life.

    It was hard, physical work, but it was about as close to Nature as you could get. For me, it was kind of therapeutic.
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    Trees are renewable and always have been..........

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