Leslie Dart is among thousands of foresters helping to repopulate Canadian forests but the sheer volume of trees she has planted is extraordinary. She planted 372,290 trees across three summers, often documenting it on TikTok, with one video earning 8.7 million views. "You just really have to be prepared for everything, be open-minded, roll with the punches," she says. "It just makes you a stronger person mentally and makes you more adaptable and ready to take on the world." She started her work as a forester while in college at Durham College in Ontario. She had to be careful to avoid losing her footing among the fallen logs, rocks, and roots, fought off mosquitoes, and encountered bears and moose. She has begun a career in the aerospace manufacturing industry after graduating from college in the spring but hopes to resume her tree-planting efforts in some capacity soon.

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