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A Lorax Alert of a Different Color

This one is green and blue and made for you

A chance to plant trees and get dirty knees

An exemplary opportunity to beautify our community

Join Green Options and Re-Tree to spruce up our streets.

Street trees are an essential component of complete streets. Planting street trees throughout our communities adds to sustainability efforts by reducing stormwater runoff issues and ensuring benefits for mobility, community, and the environment.

Green Options Buffalo has teamed up with Re-Tree WNY and the City of Buffalo to coordinate the volunteer street tree planting throughout the city this fall.

Up to 800 trees will be planted in the City of Buffalo thanks to the efforts of Re-Tree WNY. Half of the allotted trees (400) will be planted as part of the street reconstruction project along South Park Avenue on October 30th – volunteers are being asked to meet at 8:30am, South Park High School on 150 Southside Parkway. To volunteer for this planting please contact Paul Maurer at: pdmaurer@roadrunner.com or call 716-843-0133

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Approximately another 400 trees are available to block clubs and community groups. If you would like organize your neighborhood to plant trees along the street the process is simple;
1. Schedule your neighborhood planting for the weekend of November 6th & 7th.
2. Assess your neighborhood and record the addresses where a tree is missing.
3. Talk to your neighbors and be sure they want a tree in front of their house and recruit volunteers to help out.
4. If this is your first time planting you must sign up for a username and password to access the online reservation system by clicking by clicking here.
5. Once you have a username and password you may log on to the tree inventory and reservation system to reserve your planting location and select an appropriate species by clicking here.
6. All reservations must be entered by the end of the day on September 21st – any late reservations will be removed and you will have to wait for the spring.
7. A mandatory training session is tentatively scheduled with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy for October 16th. More details on this will follow.
8. Call before you dig – dial 811 to provide utilities with your planting locations by October 22nd.
9. Be prepared to pick up your trees in the back of 1120 Seneca Street (the City’s engineering garage) on November 5th between 8am and 7pm. We will not deliver any trees to you and if they are not picked up they will get a home with someone else.
10. Remember – all trees must be planted to weekend of November 6th & 7th, otherwise they will not survive.

Approximately 400 trees are available through this process for block clubs depending on the prices received from our bid process. With this in mind, keep your requests to a reasonable amount; otherwise we will have to limit your request for you.

For more information please visit: www.greenoptionsbuffalo.org and click on Re-Tree WNY under the programs button. You can contact Green Options Buffalo at: info@greenoptionsbuffalo.org or by calling 716-218-7164.

Lead photo: Gus Matthews plants his own tree after losing the one in front of his house in the October Storm. Gus had planted the tree 48 years ago. This summer The City came by and removed the massive stump. Years ago he lost another tree on his front lawn – a weeping willow. When the tree came down it smashed the front walkway leaving large cracks that can still be seen today. Thanks to people like Gus who continue to tend to our urban trees. He doesn’t have a computer, so if you see him say “thank you” in person.

Second photo: Corner park Porter Avenue near D’Youville

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