Urban Forests Are Dying. Baltimore Shows Us How to Bring Them Back.

One city. One volunteer. 15,000 trees.

A group of local volunteers, headed by David Landymore (L) executive director of The 6th Branch, plant a tree on April 14, 2012 in the Oliver neighborhood in East Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Joanne Ciccarello/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

By Andrew Zaleski

Walk through Baltimore’s neighborhoods, and look up. The fan-shaped ginkgo leaves and ­ruby-red pearls dangling from cherry branches are the literal fruits of how Gene DeSantis has spent the predominant part of his life. On Saturdays, the…

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