The Buffalo Green Fund, Inc.
When the Dutch Elm disease struck Buffalo in the 1970s, the City government could not afford to replace the thousands of elms wiped out by the disease. The Buffalo Green Fund, working as a project of the Junior League of Buffalo, and the City worked together to promote private contributions in order to replace over 3000 trees which the City then planted on public property at no cost to the taxpayers.
The threat today is to our beloved Ash trees, being decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. In November of 2017, a fundraising campaign was initiated by BGF to remove and replace 64 dead Ash trees along Delaware Avenue, between North Street and Gates Circle.
Leaf a Legacy was a collaborative effort between the Professional Landscape and Nursery Trades of WNY (PLANT), the Buffalo Green Fund, ReTree and the City of Buffalo.
Delaware Avenue was chosen as the location for the Leaf a Legacy initiative because it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a major thoroughfare to downtown Buffalo that serves as a gateway to the corporate headquarters of Delaware North, New Era Cap, the Robert H. Jackson Court House and also home to major events such as the Allentown Art Festival, Taste of Buffalo and Turkey Trot.
The Buffalo Green Fund was established as a 501c3 corporation in 1978 and its purpose, to this day, has been to cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor and develop urban beautification, and to stimulate the interest of the public therein.
The Buffalo Green Fund supports programs and projects that help beautify and enhance the parks, neighborhoods and public spaces throughout the urban landscape. Most often, they are not-for-profit organizations who rely on assistance from volunteers. They are passionate about what they do. . .and they work diligently to improve the quality of life for residents.
Buffalo in Bloom’s mission is to promote gardening throughout the City of Buffalo. An all volunteer organization, they work diligently to maintain many public gardens including the Gardens at Niagara Square. Many of their members are Master Gardeners who offer gardening classes to city residents and they coordinate an annual recognition of public and private gardens, “Buffalo in Bloom.” Since 1995, Buffalo in Bloom has been dedicated to making the entire City of Buffalo the “world’s largest flower arrangement.” A group of volunteers meet each Monday at Niagara Square from late April until the first frost to take care of the gardens – weeding, planting, deadheading , and mulching. If you have an interest in helping, come to the Square at about 5pm, with gardening gloves. There’s always a job for you!
ReTree was established on November 3, 2006 by a group of 40 Western New York residents who saw first-hand the devastation done to the area’s tree landscape by the freak October 12-13 snowstorm. Their goal was to replace the approximately 30,000 trees that were damaged or destroyed. The first planting took place on Arbor Day, April 27, 2007, where 2,000 trees were planted and the goal was realized on Arbor Day, April 26, 2019, with the planting of the 30,000th tree. However, the city tree canopy is at 18% and should be closer to the national average of 40%; ReTree and its partners will continue to plant trees in the years to come. Contact Paul Maurer at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The CommuniTREE Steward Project was created in 2016, dedicated to the advancement of sustainable urban and community forestry, through education on proper selection, planting and caring for trees. CTS is a collaboration between BGF, the City of Buffalo and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County. The 2019 session is complete; watch this space for the March 2020 schedule.
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October 12, 2006 brought heavy, wet snow that downed power lines and brought down trees. Power was out for weeks and schools were closed for days. The snow was so heavy –and because it was October–leaves were still on the trees which resulted in a significant loss of trees. 57,000 trees fell around the Buffalo area or were greatly damaged…that was just in the public areas! 15 years later and the Re-Tree plantings continue! A large tree planting took place November of 2021 in the City of Buffalo.
In November of 2020, there was a planting of 60 trees by the Re-Tree the District people of University Heights from William Gaiter Parkway all the way to East Delavan; several trees were planted by the Pennsylvania Street block club in the neighborhood of Kleinhans Music Hall; and several trees were planted by Fox Tire Re-Tree-ers around the William/Bailey railroad right of-way near the United Parcel Service warehouse.