1. We met ecologist Nelson Salisbury as he was orienting an EarthCorps crew preparing to clear invasive ivy from the East Hylebos Ravine near Milton, Washington. He took us to see a nearby patch of healthy forest that's used as a reference site to guide restoration of plant communities after invasives are cleared. "Urban pressure is so pervasive," he told us as airplanes roared overhead, but "this forest is doing very, very well." A tribute to the ongoing work of EarthCorps.

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  2. Matt Schwartz works with EarthCorps on restoration projects around Puget Sound - including Hylebos Creek, south of Seattle, where we caught up with a group removing invasive ivy. As an environmental horticulturist, he plans what goes into the cleared area (in this case, ferns and vine maples). Restoration work is "just letting nature have a break so it can get back to its rhythm and its balance," he told us. " If we can just keep on the path and work with the natural systems, that's what it comes down to."

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  3. Lucia Toledo worked in agroforestry in Bolivia before joining EarthCorps as a volunteer specialist. She talked with us during a work day in Seattle's Discovery Park as she welcomed volunteers and prepared a site for fall planting. "This site is like my little son or daughter," she said. "I will have memory of this place for a long time."

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  4. Francis Odhiambo Omungo came to EarthCorps from Kenya, where he works with a conservation group called EcoFinder. We talked with him during a workday in Seattle's Discovery Park, where volunteers were removing invasive Himalayan blackberry. "With the effort we are really putting across worldwide," he told us, "I feel like we will be changing attitudes and developing an ethic of stewardship. I see ourselves getting there."

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  5. The Stuyvesant High School Environmental Club works with Trees New York on street trees and in parks around town. We met up with Jenny and Tracy in July 2015 while they were working along Riverside Drive. "We only have one Earth," Tracy said, "so it's very important that we take care of it."

    Watch more stories like this on the Truth About Trees website at truthabouttrees.org/digital-stories.

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