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.See More
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.”
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. The goal will finally be reached with a fall 2018 signature planting.
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. To date, nearly 50 participants have taken the series of classes and have become certified tree stewards. Classes begin in March of 2019.
Our Latest Works
2017 was a very busy year for the Buffalo Green Fund, beginning with the replacement of the “welcome to Buffalo” sign on NYS Thruway 190N. Working with ReTree, over 200 trees were planted by volunteer groups throughout the City in early spring and late fall. Leaf a Legacy removed and replaced 64 dead ash trees along Delaware Avenue in November and funded an entomologist to develop an IPM (integrated pest management) approach to control aphids for the Erie Basin Marina test gardens under the direction of Stan Swisher.See More