MANY THANKS FOR OUR 2013 SUCCESSES!
Our volunteers have added 1,366 significant sized trees to the Western New York landscape in 2013. We are seing the light at the end of the tunnel....just 3,643 more trees and we will make our goal of 30,000 trees planted by our volunteers to reforest from the storm of October, 2006! This 26,357 trees that were planted to-date, when you count the match by the 18 municipalities and cities of Western New York that have put in trees with their own crews and nurseries, equals 52,714 trees replaced. The tree loss from the storm in the public areas (between the sidewalk and the street and in the parks), is 57,000. With your help, we are getting close.
PLANTINGS IN AMHERST & FOREST LAWN
Despite hideous weather (for people, that is), on October 26, 2013 there are now over 100 trees on the Daemen College Campus facing Main Street in Snyder. The folks at Daemen were very hospitable, giving special shirts to each of our volunteers. The shirts say: “100 Trees – 4 Hours – NO PROBLEM”.
Our first day of Forest Lawn planting this fall was so windy, we had to postpone to the next day. Not to worry, over 150 volunteers came on Saturday, November 2, 2013 and planted 300 trees. Forest Lawn had photographers taking pictures of people with the trees they planted. This is the 2nd planting at Forest Lawn and this historic Buffalo cemetery has a master plan that will transform it to the original beauty of it that dates back to 1850. Re-Tree WNY had the help of The Buffalo News Green Leaf campaign and additional funds for trees were contributed by the John R. Oishei Foundation.
FALL, 2013 PLANTING INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE NOW
We are posting the information for this fall’s planting on the calendar page (http://www.re-treewny.org/calendar.html). The fall will be quite busy with major signature plantings being at Daemen College (our suburban planting), Forest Lawn, and The Old First Ward of Buffalo. We have 400 trees for block clubs and organizations in Buffalo that get their requests to Art Traver or Justin Booth prior to Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5PM. Any group of three or more can request trees for their neighborhood (plantings in the public strip or median only; parks/pocket parks are ok). The City of Buffalo, as always, will determine the best species for the site. The trees will be distributed on or about November 8, 2013 for planting on Saturday, November 9th. The distribution site is to be announced. Any organizations that need training or remedial training can attend the planting at Forest Lawn on either Friday, Novemder 1 or Saturday, November 2 at 8:30am near the Chapel. For any questions, please e-mail Paul Maurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair - Join us in Niagara Square in front of City Hall on Arbor Day (Friday, April 26th) from 11am-2pm. We'll have a lot of booths in tents from our local eco-organizations and companies that are green-based. Re-Tree WNY is giving out FREE tree seedlings and Lake Shore Savings is handing out wildflower seed packets. NYS Senator Mark Grisanti is helping to sponsor and his sponsorship helps us to offer free booth space to worthy not-for-profits at the event. We'll have a press conference at noon followed by a traditional street tree planting near City Hall. If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, please e-mail email@example.com
. See what's happening by going to the Enviro-Fair Website. By the way, the event is held rain or shine!
MORE ways you can help us
Three great partnerships have come to us recently, and we encourage you to check these out:
Viridian Energy - a company that practices sustainability in a major way. They have helped many groups like ours all over the nation and have now agreed to help us. They are suppliers of "green electricity", you can choose 100% green (wind, solar, hydro) or partial green. You can even save money over your current supplier. The utilities were forced to de-regulate a couple years ago, so you can now choose your supplier. It is very easy to switch. You can click this link right now to get started http://www.re-treewny.org/retreegoesgreener/ or, their local representative, Jeff Berger, will be at our next signature planting on April 20th (Old First Ward). If you bring your electric bill, he will tell you about how much you will save. He also has some cool prizes for those who sign-up for Viridian right on the spot, so be sure to BYB (bring your electric bill). We will get an instant donation and a monthly donation, as long as you stay with Viridian. There's no charge to switch, it's quite easy!
Lake Shore Savings - I always thought a bank partnering with Re-Tree would make perfect sense. After all, banks are located in our neighborhoods and they call their locations "branches"! One came forward and I am very grateful. Lake Shore Savings had a grand opening on April 11th of their Snyder branch, at 4950 Main Street near the 290. If you open an account, they will donate. If you take out a loan or mortgage, they will donate even more. This is at the Snyder location only. Find out more at
Orchard Fresh - A brand new store and a new way to shop local and fresh. The store is NOW OPEN on North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park.
The store specializes in upscale, healthy, natural, and organic foods. Watch the papers for more information about this exciting new way to buy wholesome foods and be sure to patronize Orchard Fresh. . They will donate 1% of their sales on our chosen day (Monday, April 15, 2013)!
Reminder: You can find out about all of our partners that help Re-Tree by going to our "Partners" page. Click here to see it http://www.re-treewny.org/partners.html