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Rotarians Dig Plants

By Marilyn Peterson

Quoting Wikipedia: John Chapman (1774 –1845), better known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario [Canada], Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as present-day West Virginia. He became an American legend due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He was also a missionary for The New Church and the inspiration for many museums and historical sites. He preached the gospel as he traveled, and converted many Native Americans, whom he admired. They regarded him as someone who had been touched by the Great Spirit, and even hostile tribes left him alone.

Nate Fultz is our modern day Johnny Appleseed. He chairs the Tree Committee for the Rotary Club, San Miguel-Midday. In just three years, Nate and his fellow Rotarian disciples have planted 41 trees in areas of Los Frailes, Las Brisas Park, on the grounds of ALMA, and recently, Guadalupana Community Park. Why does he do it?

Rotarians believe that trees give off the oxygen we breathe. They reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat, and trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gases from the air, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people and being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members worldwide have each committed to donating and planting one tree. Nate’s mission is to plant fifty trees next year in five new locations around San Miguel and branch out from there. By planting hearty Ash and Jacaranda trees, Nate is enhancing our landscape much like Johnny Appleseed. He has definitely been touched by the same Great Spirit, and because of his stewardship, Nate’s team is exposing more people to nature while connecting people from diverse cultures, leading the way to a healthier planet, one tree at a time.

If you are interested in joining Nate’s crusade, all it takes is a simple request for trees and a donation to defray the cost of trees and dirt. Contact Nate:


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