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UUCB Share-the-Plate: Re-Tree WNY
Re-Tree WNY was established in 2006 by a group of 40 Western New Yorkers who saw first-hand the devastation done to our beautiful living resources — our trees — and decided to take action to re-forest every public area that was destroyed by the freak October snowstorm. Paul Maurer is co-founder and current chairman of Re-Tree WNY, a program of The Buffalo Green Fund, Inc. Re-Tree WNY won the National Arbor Day Foundation Project Award in 2008 and Paul was named ‘Citizen of The Year of the Erie County Environmental Education Institute – Paul MacLennan Award’ (2012) and the ‘New York Society of Professional Engineers Citizen of the Year’ (2014). ReTree WNY has a five-year plan with a goal to replace the approximately 30,000 trees in Western New York that were damaged or destroyed. The first planting was on Arbor Day, 2007 when 2,000 trees were planted. There are many needy towns that lost trees in the storm. Retree plants neighborhood streets, parks (such as our unique and valuable Olmsted Parks), public venues, by-ways — any project that needs help to renew this precious resource. Retree WNY needs your help: volunteers are needed to maintain and plant trees, work on fundraisers, offer recommendations, report where the needs are greatest and SPREAD the WORD about Re-Tree’s mission. If you love trees and want to join in this labor of love to return WNY to the beautiful tree-scape that is our heritage please contact them at: www.re-treewny.org
Click here to learn more about the program, and to see a list of organizations that have received our Share-the-Plate donations since its inception.