Eight years after “arborgeddon”, Re-Tree launches final appeal

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!”

Re-Tree has planted 26,565 street and park trees since it started nearly eight years ago, getting the funds through individual donations, corporations, and foundations.

Its first donor was Stanford Lipsey, who was the Buffalo News publisher when the campaign began in 2006. “Stan was quick to step-up and give us our financial start when we approached him years ago. Without him, I don’t think our area would be anywhere near as re-treed as it is now,” said Maurer. “Now, he is there for us once again, and his paper is still sticking with us till the final tree is planted in Buffalo!”

Another initial donor is National Grid. They activated an enormous response to the storm-challenged, getting power restored to hundreds of thousands of homes, against daunting odds. Their recovery plan for the devastated area didn’t stop at power lines, poles, and transformers, they donated $175,000 to Re-Tree as well. “Our crews witnessed first-hand the devastation to the area’s tree canopy, so we were motivated to help our area to fund the tree planting that Re-Tree had begun,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, Area Manager for National Grid. “We are now here to help them finish the great job that they started, by giving money to match what individuals donate to the News campaign.”

For this final push, National Grid is donating another $20,000 as part of the Re-Tree match effort, and has committed to as much as $20,000 more over two years as part of its own long-standing “10,000 Trees and Growing” program. That program offers municipalities the opportunity to received $50 per tree that meets program guidelines regarding trees planted in and around overhead electric wires. Interested municipalities need to apply directly to National Grid for this program.

The Buffalo Green Fund, Inc. was involved in the area’s arboriculture way before the storm of ’06, and they have also offered to be a matching donor. “Our whole purpose for many, many years has been to be stewards of the great tree heritage that is quite unique to Buffalo,” stated Cindy Sterner Kincaide, the Chairman of the Buffalo Green Fund, Inc. “We cherish what few cities in the world can boast about, but Buffalo can, that we have lovely streets with a lush canopy of green…this donation to Re-Tree helps to bring this back for all to enjoy!”

All donated funds are tax-deductible. Memorials are encouraged. All names will be published in the Buffalo News and online at www.re-treewny.org.

Donations can be sent to:


PO Box 282

Buffalo, NY 14202-0282

Make checks payable to Green Fund, Inc./Re-Tree Buffalo


Spruce-Up South Park Avenue involves dozens of volunteers

Saturday, May 10, 2014 was a day to revisit Re-Tree’s massive 360-tree planting from 2010. Olmsted Parks, Senator Tim Kennedy’s staff, Amherst H.S. Varsity Boys Lacrosse, Bishop Timon-St.Jude H.S., and more converged on the area and weeded. mulched, and pruned the trees.

Looking good….all the trees will be leafing out soon.

8th Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair ….another great success!

Held once again in Niagara Square in front of Buffalo’s City Hall on Friday, April 25, 2014 (Arbor Day), from 11am-2pm.  14 eco-organizations  hosted booths and talked about how they contribute to a sustainable planet.

We planted a crabapple tree near City Hall in the monument triangle.

Towne MINI & Towne BMW featured their latest gas-sipping cars and also gave out 1,500 FREE tree seedlings!

The 8th Annual Enviro-Fair was made possible by our main sponsors, Towne MINI, Towne BMW, CIR Electric, and Entercom Radio.

Next year will be our 9th, so plant to attend.

More info at http://www.buffaloenvirofair.com.


Spring 2014 plantings!

We did a limited number of plantings on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  174 trees were planted by five different organizations.  This Saturday, May 3rd, another planting of 20 trees will be with volunteers at Compass East (the former Sheehan Hospital) behind the building.  If you want to join us, bring a shovel.  We start at 8:30 am.

MemoRE-TREE fund established in memory of Larry Kedron

Larry Kedron was a great lover of trees! He died at a young age in November of 2013 and his family has established a fund to plant trees in 2014 in his memory. Amy Kedron, his daughter, who also founded Buffalo First (an organization that supports local Buffalo businesses), is requesting donations be contributed online to MemoRE-TREE on this website: MemoRE-TREE Please send this link to your friends! We will plant these trees in Buffalo this year! You can also click on the MemoRE-TREE logo on the right side of this page.