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Trees for Tracks


In the freelance world, everyday you have to be prepared to grab your video gear and fly to Europe, Asia, Africa, even the moon on a moments notice. But, today, for the first time and, most likely, the only time, all I had to do was walk out my front door, drive 500 feet, park and start working.

That’s because CSX needed PilotGirl to document the monumental task of planting one tree for every mile of the 21,000 miles of railroad track they run across North America. Since 2010, the company has been working with local communities and volunteers to beautify neighborhoods, parks and playgrounds by planting trees. The service day event is dubbed “Trees for Tracks.”

Today, they were at Maple Ridge Park to plant pines, spruce, maples and evergreens – 23 in total and many already mature with plenty of growth and promise. Volunteers got up at the crack of dawn to race around the pet-free park painting recycling boxes and digging holes.

The tree component comes from Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees.

I’ve shot many assignments just as rewarding and exciting but none will ever be this close again and that alone trumps every other gig I’ve worked.