This coming weekend, hundreds of volunteers will be hitting the streets of Buffalo planting trees. Thanks to the ongoing the organizational efforts of Re-Tree Buffalo, an organization that is celebrating its ten year anniversary, representatives from 16 block clubs and organizations will be pooling their efforts to plant via the bare-root method. This particular method makes it super easy to plant the trees, allowing for more volunteers to partake in the exercise.
The largest number of trees planted will be in the University Heights area, where the planting effort will be overseen by grassroots activists Darren Cotton and Aaron Krolikowski. Darren and Aaron currently head up another tree planting initiative, called Re-Tree the District, which was established to promote greening efforts around the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.
“This is a part of our goal of planting a total of one thousand trees throughout the University District,” remarked Darren Cotton, co-chairman of Re-Tree the District, “By bringing together students and residents, we are not only planting trees, but building community.”
The University Heights area will see 170 new trees planted. Tree species include Serviceberry, Kentucky Coffee, London Planetree, Honey Locust, Spring Snow Crabapple, Pink Flair Cherry, Bur Oak, Triumph Elm, and Ivory Silk Lilac.
This planting will bring our total to 28,112 trees planted by our volunteers, we’re ever-so-close to the 30,000 goal we set in 2006!
“Re-Tree WNY is back supplying trees this year thanks to the generosity of many dozens of donors who stepped up to help us,” said Paul D. Maurer, founder and chairman of the organization, “This planting will bring our total to 28,112 trees planted by our volunteers, we’re ever-so-close to the 30,000 goal we set in 2006!”
Additional volunteers are welcome to take part in the planting initiative. Those interested should report to 147 Diefendorf Hall at the UB Main Street (South) Campus at 9:00am on Saturday.
Visit www.ourheights.org/retree for more info.
Also visit Re-Tree on Facebook.