Re-Tree, known for planting 30,000 trees in Buffalo in the wake of the 2006 October Surprise, has a new goal of bringing a broader tree canopy to East Buffalo. That focus starts with an October 22 tree planting workshop that is free and open to the public.
Gail Wells is chair of Buffalo Green Fund, the organization that supports Re-Tree in addition Buffalo in Bloom, the Test Gardens at Erie Basin Marina, and CommuniTree. An East Buffalo resident, Wells is determined to galvanize recent support for neighborhoods into a culture that desires, plants, and cares for more trees.
“I love our city’s neighborhoods and I’m convinced the best way to support them is through more plantings, especially in parts of the city that have sometimes been overlooked,” said Wells, adding that she is a long-established transplant to Buffalo.
“I’ve seen how big cities like Atlanta and New York embrace a good planting strategy, and also how smaller communities can build stronger futures by investing in their roots,” she added. “We have a beautiful canopy in parts of Buffalo, and it’s time for us to bring that momentum across the city.”
Planting and Caring for Trees: Everything you Need to Know
October 22, 2022, 9am-12noon at Compass East
All are encouraged to attend! Online Registration (required)
9:15 Benefits of Trees
9:30 Volunteering with Re-Tree
9:40 Tree Biology w/ Cornell Cooperative Extension
10:10 Caring for Trees
10:40 How to plant, review of municipal ordinances and trees
11:10 Get involved (upcoming plantings)!
Following the workshop, three trees will be planted in JFK Park.
Beyond learning, attendees receive a complimentary membership to the University Heights Tool Library and can request a free planting in the right of way in front of their house… all in partnership with the Baird Foundation and in celebration of Erie County’s Bicentennial.
Organizers saw dozens of attendees at a suburban workshop held this Spring, and are hoping to double the turnout this Saturday.