Leaf 13: Maricilis Milagro Peña

A leaf from: This Broken Land of Promise: A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country Maricilis Milagro Peña died of complications from cancer on the morning of September 7. Mari was the mother of Yinabel Pérez Peña, the Tree Bank’s Coordinator, and the wife of Gaspar Pérez Aquino, one of the Tree Bank’s founders and its first Dominican Director. Gaspar died of a stroke in 2014. (We published some remembrances of him in the November 2014 Acorn.) Mari was 58 years old. Mari is survived by her two daughters, Yinabel and Marilesi, and her six grandchildren: Yinabel’s son and daughter, Marilesi’s son, and the three daughters of Ricardo, Mari’s late son and the late brother of Y

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Banner: Late October in a mixed stand of hickories, oaks, and American beech at Fountainhead Regional Park, on the northern shore of the Occoquan River, in Fairfax County, Virginia. Photo by Chris Bright. 

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