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ReTree WNY Continues Efforts to Re-Green Buffalo

It would be an impossible task to find someone in Buffalo who wasn’t affected by the October storm, which swept in like a freak accident, replacing crunchy autumn foliage with a flurry of snowflakes and raging wind, and leaving Buffalonians to confront a devastating blow to one of our many fond pseudonyms, the “City of Trees.” Even as a college student who could only marvel at the “Surprise Storm” from afar, I’ve found my eyes wistful on the thousands of scrubby treetops struggling to be the lush green beauties they once were, longing for the Bidwell Parkway of yestersummer.
However, just as we so famously bounce back from one blizzard after another, many have taken action to return Buffalo to all its leafy green glory. Re-Tree WNY, an organization which planted 1,200 trees throughout Buffalo and Western New York during its spring planting, will continue its efforts this fall as part of a five year plan to plant 30,000 trees in the area. Partnering with the City and surrounding towns who have provided financial assistance and additional resources, Re-Tree is looking for individuals, block clubs, school groups or any other community organization to register for the fall planting.
“Our biggest need right now is bodies,” said Paul Maurer, Re-Tree co-chair. He stressed that physical strength isn’t an issue, as 2/3 of the trees planted are “bare root,” which are not as heavy and easier to handle than “balled and burlap” trees, though he does ask that volunteers be at least 14 years of age. Aided by $50,000 provided by the City, Re-Tree will provide safety equipment and shovels, as well as a two hour training course, to volunteers interested in receiving trees to plant in their neighborhood.
With the help of local municipalities, Re-Tree will assess each town to determine where trees should be planted, trying to be as fair as possible based on need and species availability. Additionally, Re-Tree needs to properly estimate how many people will be able to help and need training, and is asking all interested parties to register by July 31. Planting will likely begin in late October, when the cool, wet atmosphere will provide the best environment. The work Re-Tree has already done is a strong example of what can happen when Buffalonians unite to take an active part in the future of the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of it all and and help maintain one of the most impressive urban forests in the nation. For registration instructions, visit www.city-buffalo.com/retreewny or www.retreewny.org, or call the Mayor’s Call and Resolution Center (716-851-4890).

Written by George Johnson

George Johnson

Buffalo Rising Co-Founder. Designer (Product, Graphic, Motion). Geek.

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