Buffalo surprise snowstorm responders seek to finish 30,000-tree task
It’s been almost eight years since the snap of tree limbs and the crackle of power lines, but the charity that mobilized to reforest the area is asking one more time for money to finish the task.
Several philanthropic companies and a former newspaper publisher are stepping-up to help Re-Tree reach its goal of 30,000 trees planted with their army of volunteers.
The Buffalo News has launched a campaign that will run through mid-October, asking for a $50 donation to Re-Tree which will be equally matched to buy a tree to be planted along the streets or in the parks of Buffalo that received damage via the surprise snowstorm of October 12, 2006.
The News will be publishing the names of all of the donors at the conclusion of the campaign, as it has done for three previous fundraisers for Re-Tree.
The match is being provided by Buffalo News Publisher Emeritus Stanford Lipsey, National Grid, and the Buffalo Green Fund Inc. Re-Tree needs to buy 3,435 trees to complete the re-planting, started in April, 2007.
“We hope this is the last time we need to appeal for funding,” stated Paul D. Maurer, Co-Founder and Chairman of Re-Tree, “we hope that soon the entire area will be greened up to pre-storm levels thanks to this final campaign!”