Less than 1,000 to go!

We are in the final stretches of our goal of 30,000 trees planted by our all-volunteer army! Note that the tree counter has been updated with the 162 trees we just planted in November. We now have 29,157 trees in the ground throughout Western New York.
We have 843 to plant to reach the goal we set just after the storm of October 12-13, 2006 destroyed 57,000 trees in the public areas of the Greater Buffalo area. With the match that each municipality has done (1 for 1), we now are at 58,314 trees planted.
Our recovery is nearly complete (it’s nice to have a few thousand trees as a cushion – not all trees we have planted make it 100%).

PLEASE don’t think we are done yet! Let’s get these 800+ trees done in the next two years. It will take more money to get there (we need about $100,000 more to buy the bare root trees)! We would love to get some donations and/or foundation gifts to reach this goal.

Call me or email me with ideas, please ….Paul Maurer, (716) 553-4061 and pauldavidmaurer@gmail.com.
Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year 2018 to all our friends!

We Need You to Participate Again This Year to Help Us Reforest the City

As in the past, community groups can sign-up and organize a volunteer tree planting on their streets. Please follow these simple steps and deadlines to make sure your group doesn’t miss out:
◦     Organize your neighbors! The number of people you have to help will largely determine the amount of trees that you can plant.
◦     Sign-up as an existing user: If you have participated in the past and had a tree reservation account you will need to send an email to: atraver@wendelcompanies.com to reactivate your account. You will also need to provide a new password for the account as all of the passwords have been recently reset. Your login name has remained the same.◦     Sign-up as a new user: You can create a new account HERE. After the form is submitted you will be contacted to discuss the details and logistics of the program prior to activating the account.◦     Once your registration is approved you can access the online map and reservation system to select the locations and the type of species you would prefer. (Please note that all listed species may not be available and that Re-Tree WNY will provide suitable substitutes)
◦     August 31st will be the deadline for you to reserve your trees – no exceptions.
◦     In order for you to receive your trees it is mandatory for each group to attend a tree planting and care training program. This is 2 hour class that will occur in mid-April, times and locations to be determined.
◦     Trees, stakes and tie will be available for pick-up on Friday, November 4th, 1pm-7pm for a scheduled planting date on November 5th. The pick up location will be in the rear of 1120 Seneca Street, the city engineering garage.◦     Please note that if you do not want to participate in a volunteer planting this spring, but there are still locations in need of a tree, you may request that the city plant a tree. Trees planted by the city are done by individual resident request only. Requests can be made thru the call and resolution center by calling 311 or 851-4890. The requests will be filled by date of call, so if you are going this route the earlier you call the better the chance the tree will be planted this year.

If you are looking to plant on a vacant lot, park, Grassroots Garden or on school property please contact the City Forester, Ross Hassinger at 851-4170 or email rhassinger@city-buffalo.com.

If you would like to volunteer your time in helping another group to plant and do not have a group to work with, please contact Paul Maurer, chairman of Re-Tree WNY at pauldavidmaurer@gmail.com or Phone: 716.553.4061.

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